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Race 4 Grace charity-raising Fun Day is backed by Sweeney Miller

IT is the work of any good solicitors’ office to overcome obstacles – but this weekend Sweeney Miller staff will be doing that in order to raise money for charity!

On Sunday, April 30, the 5k Race for Grace Obstacle Challenge is expected to attract hundreds to Herrington Park.

And Damien Todd, conveyancing solicitor from Sweeney Miller’s Sunderland office will be taking part alongside colleague Faye Brown.

Damien said: ““I am taking part in the Sunderland 10k for Grace House but when I heard about the 5k Race for Grace Obstacle Challenge I thought it sounded great fun.

“And once my colleagues heard  I was taking part they wanted to take part too with their friends and family.”

The Grace House Appeal started in 2003, and since then over £5m has been raised to care for and support some of the most disadvantaged and socially excluded children and young people.

Sweeney Miller solicitors Faye Brown and Damien Todd with four-year old Isla Carpenter, who will all take part in this year’s Race for Grace. (Pic courtesy of Sunderland Echo)

Karen Maclennan, Grace House fundraiser said: “I’m delighted our Race for Grace 5K fun run is back and so excited that we’ve introduced the fun obstacle challenges throughout the course.

“We’ve made sure that it is totally child friendly and kept the same course so that anyone wanting to come along to do a 5k walk or fun run can still do so too by keeping to the hard-standing pathways.”

Grace House North East, based in Southwick, looks after children aged between five and 18 in our region and who have complex disabilities, life-limiting conditions or health care needs by offering short break and respite care.

Their aim is for children to have the time of their lives, to do things that many children take for granted – playing with friends, visiting interesting, fun places, trying new things, taking risks and becoming more independent. Those wanting to register for the Race for Grace Obstacle Challenge should ring 0191 525 2885 or go on-line at

  • Sweeney Miller are grateful to the Sunderland Echo for highlighting our involvement. You can read their article here:

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