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Eurovision 2023 is less than two weeks away now, So we at Spark decided to ask North East Eurovision expert James Rowe for his thoughts on the 2023 edition. SP: Who do you think will win Eurovision this year? JR: So I think the big favourite this year is Sweden. They’re going to be represented […]

Friends of Fulwell, a charity based in Monkwearmouth. From sports activities for children and young people to shopping for older people. The Charity offers a wide range of activities. The organisation started as a sports programme for children and young people, but since 2016 it has continued to grow and now offers a wide variety […]

Spark Sunderland has asked a NHS professional what they think of the cost-of-living crisis and the rates of depression in the UK.  The cost-of-living crisis has affected many people living in the UK today, and a study released by the Office for National Statistics has suggested that 24% of those who reported difficulty paying their […]

The International Community Organisation of Sunderland is one of the largest charities in the North East that strives to better the lives of Black and Minority Ethnic individuals. The ICOS have launched many successful projects, such as Back in Control and the Eastern European Women’s group, that have seen resounding benefits. The charity’s Back in […]

The Office for National Statistics reports that the North East has the highest suicide rate per 100,000 deaths in the UK by a large margin, with its rate at 14.1 people per 100,000 dying from suicide, whereas the English average stands at 10.5.   We spoke to Lyn Boyd, CEO of local mental health charity […]

ONLY 1% of fly-tippers in the North East received fines from 2019 to 2022, as reports of the crime surged above pre-pandemic levels, Spark Sunderland can reveal. Data obtained from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and the government website,, show that fly-tipping across the region is now higher than it was in 2019, with […]

On Saturday, May 6, the Coronation of His Majesty the King and the Queen Consort will be shown live on the large screen in Keel Square, Sunderland for free. The ‘Big Coronation Lunch’ event which has been planned by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council will take place between 10am and 4pm. Organisers are encouraging […]

Whickham Football Club will honour record appearance maker Ross Peareth with a testimonial match in recognition of his service to his local club. The event will see Whickham’s current squad go head-to-head with Peareth’s All-Star team. All proceeds raised from the game will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to the family’s heart. […]

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