Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Doing your bit to help others

Have you been watching Neighbourhood Blues?
Have you been watching Neighbourhood Blues?

This week I have been glued to a new show I’ve discovered on the TV, and I’m guessing many people in the city will have seen it too, as most of it is filmed in Sunderland.

It’s called Neighbourhood Blues and it follows police officers around the city, tracking day to day events and the typical cases they have to deal with.

Prior to watching the show, I knew being a police officer was far from an easy job, but I can’t believe how much they really have to put up with from members of the public, from being spat at to being physically attacked and everything in-between.

While I’m fully aware that life can’t always be perfect, and that crimes are committed on a daily basis (and this of course makes a very watchable show), please can someone make a TV show about the good people and things are take place in Sunderland, rather than the those who break the law and act so disrespectfully towards the community and the police? After all, there are a lot of things to celebrate in the city right now!

On a brighter note (quite literally), the illuminations are here! This is one of my favourite times of year in the city and I can’t wait to go and see the lights, especially as it’s a Disney theme and everyone I know who has been has spoken so highly of how amazing Roker Park looks.

Also this week I’ve signed up to take part in a very special fundraising event at the Stadium of Light. It’s called Sleep Out North East and it’s all in aid of Centre Point, a charity that helps homeless young people in Sunderland create a positive future through raising funds and awareness. Along with all those taking part, I’ll be swapping my bed for a sleeping bag, and will be sleeping outside at the stadium, for one night, to show my support and help raise as much money for Centre Point, through sponsorship, as possible.

This is a fantastic cause and I want as many people in Sunderland to get involved as possible. So, if you have nothing in your diary on Thursday, November 2, then get signed up! In fact, if you do already have something in your diary on that date, rearrange, and then get signed up! It’s only £20 to register and then raise as much money as you can.

Reading the information on the website really got me thinking that it’s all too easy to forget how lucky we are to have a home to go to every night and a warm, dry and safe place to sleep. This event is the perfect opportunity to help those who aren’t so lucky.

I know everyone is busy and has a lot of commitments, but sometimes it’s important to just take a step back and take time out to do something to help other people in our city and make a positive difference to someone else’s life rather than being so focused on our own.