Cash 4 Calendars, a charity initiative set up by Spark FM, is aiming to provide advent calendars for every child reliant on Sunderland’s foodbanks this Christmas. The fundraising drive, in partnership with Sunderland Foodbank and Trussell Trust, hopes to raise upwards of £500 to achieve its goal. The initiative was conceived by Spark FM presenter, […]

Pupils at two Sunderland schools were given an early Christmas present earlier this month when Green Santa dropped in and presented them with a cheque for £250 after winning a north east competition. Local bus operator, Stagecoach North East invited school children across the north east to write a letter to Green Santa to ask […]

Northumbria Police’s four-legged colleagues are getting ready to enjoy their Christmas. While many of us enjoyed our Christmas dinners and heading our for a festive drink, our region’s police officers remain on duty keeping the public safe and they’re not alone. As officers prepared for festive patrols and pursuing criminals this winter they’ve been joined […]

Christmas is literally here! It’s the time to wrap up warm, do some last minute shopping then get ready to head out!  But if you’re heading to the shops or looking for a lift before a night out you may what to check this essential travel guide for services over Christmas! Tyne and Wear Metro […]

For thousands up and down the coast, a festive dip in the sea is part of a Christmas tradition. RNLI lifeboat stations, community groups and charities have organised dips on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day from their local beaches. Nick Ayres, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said: ‘Many brave swimmers are planning to […]

Following a year of renewed government promises to tackle mental health, a nurse describes her own experiences with Bipolar Disorder. Staff Nurse Elaine Francis, 32, who was diagnosed with the condition 5 years ago, outlines the cycle from the euphoria of the ‘hypomania’ phase to the spiral into depression, the additional challenges of her […]

As the margin between shopping online and in store decreases, it is clear that people still prefer to do their shopping in store. Although shopping in store is slightly favoured, customers are beginning to make a lot more of their purchases online. In a recent survey by Fashion North, 54 per cent of consumers prefer […]

The first, simple to use, step-by-step “check yourself” testicular cancer app has been launched today by testicular cancer charity The Oddballs Foundation. Patron of the Foundation and former Premier League footballer, Stephen Harper said “this is the most common cancer for males aged 18 to 35 and unless we get a reminder, most of us […]

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