Author: Sophie Dishman

Luna Pet

Sergio Petrucci of Red Sky Ball: “We were the lucky ones – there are children that don’t make it unfortunately.”

According to the NHS, congenital heart disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to nine in every 1,000 babies born in the UK. And one little girl from Sunderland was one of those nine affected. Luna Petrucci, now four years old, was diagnosed shortly before her second birthday […]

Photo by David Whinham.

North East for Europe campaign group highlight regional landmarks that would not have existed without EU funding

The North East for Europe campaign group is highlighting regional landmarks that would not exist without EU funding. Many of the North East’s iconic buildings and projects have been created and regenerated with money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which comes from the EU, including: The Core Science Central in […]

Kaitlyn Sedon, 13, with her hearing dog Rowan/permission to use photo from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

EXCLUSIVE: Northumberland girl praises hearing dog Rowan as “bestest friend in the whole wide universe” ahead of Gateshead event

A young girl from a Northumberland village has praised her hearing dog ahead of an event in Gateshead this weekend. Kaitlyn Soden, from Ellington, has auditory neuropathy, meaning her inner ear receives sounds normally, but she has difficulty processing sounds. The 12-year-old now has hearing dog, Rowan. “She is my […]

Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images.

EXCLUSIVE: Singer-songwriter Sandi Thom sends message to Sunderland mums battling post-natal depression as she opens up about her own experience

Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom has sent a message of hope to Sunderland mums battling post-natal depression as she reveals her own experience with mental health problems. The 35-year-old has talked about having post-natal depression following the birth of her son, Logan, who turned one on March 9 this year. Sandi said: “I […]

EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery to receive portrait by North East artist at charity football match

EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery to receive portrait by North East artist at charity football match

Sunderland fan, Bradley Lowery, will be presented with a portrait drawn by a North East artist at a charity football event to raise funds for the youngster. The pencil portrait drawn by Barry Jones, from Bedlington Station, Northumberland, shows the five-year-old in his beloved Black Cats strip. Bradley has been receiving […]