• Image: Corporate sponsors from ACA Financial Services, Gentoo, Gravity Force, HLA Services, Optometrist, Pickwick Cross, Highly Efficient Heating, Brack Office Supplies, Green Trousers, Pretty Amazing Creative with Grace House Chairman and staff

We're supporting Grace House

Businesses across the North East are actively demonstrating support to local charity Grace House by getting behind an innovative fundraising scheme; which involves buying a leaf on their tree.

On Friday 24th March, Grace House revealed their corporate tree at a celebration event with some of the first businesses who have signed up to their new corporate packages.  The tree, which is nearly three metres tall, is an eye-catching focal point in the reception area of Grace House. During the event, key people from each organisation placed their leaf on the tree, displaying their company’s logo, which will be seen by the many people who visit the centre on a regular basis.

The corporate packages, which were launched in the new year, have already in a short space of time attracted support from Gentoo, HLA Services, Gravity Force, Simon Berry Optometrist, ACA Financial services, Pickwick Cross, Highly Efficient Heating, Brack Office supplies and Green Trousers. And it’s not just a leaf that’s up for grabs, the packages also include virtual sponsorship of a room, employee volunteering days, use of meeting rooms and excellent networking opportunities

Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director (Operations) at Gentoo said “We are delighted to support Grace House through their Corporate Packages. At Gentoo, we believe in putting people first and recognise that the services that Grace House provide are invaluable to many families from across the region. As one of our corporate charities, we are proudly raising funds for them through an array of events this year.”

Neil Henry, Service and Maintenance Manager said “HLA Services are proud to support Grace House as we believe it provides an essential service not only to the parents and children of Sunderland but the Parents and children of disabled children throughout the North East.”

Grace House Business Development Manager, Jane Lertas-Robinson said “We are very excited to be unveiling our corporate tree and truly grateful to the businesses that have supported us with this campaign so far. The corporate membership and packages are an exciting new way for us to engage with all businesses across the region, whilst being able to offer something back in return for their kind support. Many organisations now see corporate social responsibility as a key value to their business and this is a great way for them to achieve it.”

Grace House charity welcomes children and young people from across the North East with complex disabilities, health needs and life-limiting conditions. In partnership with Sunderland Care and Support, we have the facility to offer overnight short breaks to 5-17 years and 11 months in a fun, safe, exciting environment where children can come and live life to the full.   Our purpose built facility not only enables us to offer overnight stays, but also to provide additional services to the whole family.

People & companies who attended/in photo:

Jane Lertas-Robinson – Grace House

Victoria Brown – Grace House

David Cook – ACA Financial Services & Chairman of Grace House

Michelle Meldrum – Gentoo

Emma Horsfall – Gravity Force

Neil Henry – HLA Services

Simon Berry – Optometrist

Yashin Sarnaik – Pickwick Cross

Phil Hartley – Highly Efficient Heating

Peter Brack – Brack Office Supplies

David Lynch – Green Trousers

David Marston – Pretty Amazing Creative