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Sunderland Branch Liaison Council have launched a new mental campaign – aiming to “fill the gap” in women’s mental health support.  The group announced the new campaign on Twitter, whilst they also said they would be working with Washington Mind and the Beacon of Light on the campaign.  They said on Twitter: “Happy to share […]

The Sunderland Food Bank has seen a 150% increase in people accessing the food bank compared to the same period last year. This comes after rising living costs forced people to rely on food banks to get by. The charity, which has eight locations across Wearside, has called for more volunteers and donations this Christmas […]

At the age of 16, Nick Pope felt his football dream was over after Ipswich Town – his boyhood club – released him.  Pope was a season ticket holder for the Tractor Boys, and it was his dream to represent the team he supported since he was a young boy.  After his release, Pope studied […]

North East journalist Craig Hope says he believes England’s World Cup squad is ‘fair’ – but doesn’t believe the side will progress past the last eight. With England securing a place in the round of 16 topping group B, followed by a 3-0 victory against Senegal securing them a place in the quarter finals, many […]

Callum Wilson has been handed a World Cup call-up following a strong start to the season, with North East journalist Craig Hope saying Wilson’s call up was “fully deserved.” Multiple others have also been selected for the World Cup from the North East including Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier, who were selected alongside Wilson, Fabian […]

Andrew Gimson’s comprehensive retelling of Boris Johnson’s tumultuous time as Prime Minister. Andrew Gimson begins his biography of Boris Johnson with Johnson’s obituary. His actual obituary, not his political one. Gimson was commissioned by the Daily Mail in April 2020 to give his account of Johnson’s life, in case the then Prime Minister died of […]

Food Banks in the North East have appealed for assistance and support from the public in the run-up to Christmas. This comes as the cost-of-living crisis causes donations to fall and demand to rise. The food banks revealed that partnerships and donations are down while the demand for assistance is up as energy prices and […]

England are through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s men have just beaten Senegal in their last fixture of the group stages. It was a slow start to England’s round of 16 fixture where they took on Senegal. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring 38 minutes into the […]


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