of the Ettrick family for 5,250, and turn it into a new residence for the elderly.
"The Little Sisters became an accepted part of Sunderland," the Echo stated in 1939. "Thanks to the generous help received, they were able to carry on their work of looking after the aged poor."
"There were five Sisters that November day invited by Bishop John William Bewick to establish a home to look after the deprived elderly," said John Bailey, former features editor of the Echo.
"No fewer than 1,919 people passed through the home during its first half century, and 730 inmates died during that time within its walls."
"The order speedily gained a foothold in England, and before the Sisters came to Sunderland, there were two homes in the diocese at Newcastle and Carlisle," according to a 1932 Echo report.
"Religion does not enter into the consideration for entry. Indeed, non Catholic inmates are in the majority," reported the Echo as part of 50th anniversary celebrations in 1932.
and Martine Ste Therese accompanied her.
Initially the dedicated band of Fred Perry Polo Black And White nuns found fund raising a struggle, even taking to the streets to beg for money, but today the Little Sisters serve in 31 countries worldwide from Hong Kong to India.
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Indeed, as factory owners and business leaders embraced the Industrial Revolution, many of their workers lived hand to mouth existences in cramped and dirty tenement slums.
The origins of the Little Sisters of the Poor date to 1839, when a Catholic foundation for women, aimed at caring for the "impoverished elderly," was set up at St Sevran, in northern France.
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But changes to privacy standards eventually saw the huge dormitories removed, cutting places by more than half, and the Sisters also battled through several cash crises over the years.
Six years later, a generous benefactor enabled the Sisters to purchase Ettrick Hall at High Barnes the former home Lacoste L1212 Polo Shirt Sale
Around 20 residents are believed to be affected by the decision, and the Sisters are now appealing to any firms interested in buying the home and continuing its caring traditions to come forward.
"They weren't long in finding their first resident John James Greeg, who arrived on December 12. Within a short time, the home later used by Monkwearmouth WMC was full with 28 residents."
"Thousands of the poor folk of the town and district, Catholic and non Catholic, have had reason to bless their ministrations since they first arrived in Sunderland."
"With sisters getting older, and no replacements in view, it is becoming more difficult for us to manage the home."
to close Sunderland Little Sisters of the Poor home hit the headlines this week. Today we take a look at the history of an organisation which has helped generations of Wearsiders.
It was a shortage of nuns, however, which was to prove the final nail in the home's coffin, leaving Sister Mary Chantal to tell the Echo on Saturday:
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"The Little Sisters of the Poor regret to announce that we are obliged to withdraw from Holy Cross Home. This decision has not been made lightly, but is the result of much prayer and reflection.
It was in November 1882 that the Little Sisters moved to Wearside, renting a house at the Causeway in Monkwearmouth, next to St Benet's Church, for use as a residential home.
Ettrick Hall served the Sisters well for 11 years but, as the number of needy people continued to grow, it was eventually decided to create a purpose built residential home instead.
"The Sisters are still largely French, and conduct their good work with the aid of funds subscribed by both Catholic and non Catholic benefactors.
"When the Reverend Mother was asked by an anxious inquirer where they hoped to get the money from, she replied: ' God will provide ways and means.' And she was right."
The kindness and care shown by the Sisters was eventually to help generations of Wearsiders including many who served in the two World Wars of the 20th century.
"There is no doubt the inmates are well looked after by the patient Sisters, who have sacrificed everything to carry out this work of mercy," reported the Echo in April 1939.
BUSINESS may have been booming when the Little Sisters of the Poor first arrived in Sunderland 130 years ago but the majority of Wearsiders were certainly not getting rich.
"A visit to the Home on any Sunday afternoon will show that it is not really a gathering of "inmates," but one big, happy family."
"There came a time when the hall proved inadequate. It was demolished and a building scheme, costing 14,000, was embarked upon," a report in the Echo 1939 recorded.
Building operations began in 1899 and continued until 1908. Once completed, the new Holy Cross Home offered dormitory accommodation for 160 people who were "over 60 and destitute."
And those too frail or elderly to find work faced even bleaker futures until the Little Sisters of the Poor stepped in to offer a helping hand to Wearside's needy, whatever their religion.
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