Sharon Hodgson: Water safety campaign to discuss drowning deaths

This week (June 15 to 25, 2018) marks Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) Drowning Prevention Week.

Richard Ord: The advancing art of nightclub deception

Richard Ord: The advancing art of nightclub deception

Are you sure you’re old enough to drink son?”

Legal Eagle: The rules around being forced to go into care

Legal Eagle: The rules around being forced to go into care

My elderly father has dementia. He was recently admitted to hospital. He had carers going in to his home four times per day but he was reluctant to let them in and wasn’t eating and drinking properly or taking his medication.

The Northern Spire bridge.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Invite unsung heroes to Northern Spire opening - not just same old faces

Last week it was reported that the opening of Sunderland’s Northern Spire Bridge could see many miss out, as an invite only policy was revealed.

Jordan Henderson of England during the International Friendly match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road. (Picture: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images)

How Sunderland won the World Cup ... and other England dreams ahead of opening game in Russia

Remember when Sunderland won the World Cup?

The long window wall packed with plants.

Gardening: Logistics result in giving peat-free grow bags a miss

While it’s good to see more peat-free grow bags on the market, I’ve decided to give them a miss this year.

Careing for the elderly and disabled

Bridget Phillipson MP: ‘We owe carers huge debt of gratitude’

This week is Carers Week, which highlights the invaluable work carried out by carers, and what we can do to make sure they feel supported.

What are your hopes for the World Cup?

Richard Ord: Paying the penalty for years of hurt

There is only one way to watch England in the World Cup and that’s through the eyes of your children... or the fog of drink.


Legal Eagle: Why there must be ‘blame’ if you don’t want to wait for a divorce

My husband and I are wanting to get divorced. We have been married for 10 years but we simply don’t love each other anymore.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke getting them warmed up for the recent Race For Life.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Inspired and emotional listening to Race For Life stories

Last week saw Sunderland turn out in force again, to support Race For Life in Herrington Country Park.

Compensation after a workplace accident.

Will I have to repay benefits if I receive compensation for a workplace injury?

Q. I suffered an injury at work and brought a claim against my employer. The claim looks like it will be settled, but my solicitor recently sent me a copy of a letter from the Compensation Recovery Unit.
This has a list of benefits I’ve been paid and I’m worried I’m going to have to repay my benefits.

NatureUp! Basic Set Vertical. Picture by GARDENA

Gardening: Perfect Father’s Day gifts for a dad who enjoys his gardening

Forget socks, tie and beer for Father’s Day – if he’s a gardener, go for one of the top-notch products here – from under a tenner to, er, a lot more (get siblings to chip in) …

You can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle.

Five ways you can help keep Type 2 diabetes at bay

National Diabetes Week, which begins tomorrow, is a time in the calendar to raise awareness of the condition and fund the inspiring work done by Diabetes UK.

There are ways to avoid back pain when flying.

Feeling Great: Three tips if flying with back pain

If you’re heading on holiday anytime soon – or making plans to do so – one of the things to consider is the effect that flying can have on your back.


Julie Elliott MP: Patients with a serious illness are being penalised

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the scrapping of prescription charges for people with chronic conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

The Orion broken in two at Harbour Beach, Roker.

On the Waterfront: The German cargo ship wrecked in Sunderland

It’s a bleak stormy afternoon as the 1,623-ton German cargo ship Orion steams slowly from the Wear on January 21, 1913.

Pastel power? Michael Portillo's colourful dress sense.

Richard Ord: Achtung! He wears the wrong trousers

“Like your new trousers dad,” my 17-year-old commented. The fact he was tearing his eyes away from Netflix suggested he must be impressed.

Gins now come in a variety of flavours.

Sunderland BID: How Sunderland is embracing revolution in the gin industry

People of a certain age will remember the time when the only question that you would be asked if you ordered a gin and tonic was how much ice you’d like.

Sunderland City Council car parking notice.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: The problem of Sunderland’s city centre car parking

The last week has seen a lot of coverage of the announcement that parking charges are set to rise in the city centre.

Hay fever can be awful for those who suffer from it.

Suffering the sneezes this summer? How you can tackle hay fever

Hay fever can ruin summer for many people – if you’re a sufferer, it can be hard to avoid the triggers for this allergic condition. However, there is plenty you can do.

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