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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Craig Blackbird and Commando on their graduation from Sunderland College.

EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland man thanks guide dog: “I am who I am now thanks to Commando being in my life.”

A Sunderland man has thanked his guide dog for making a huge difference to his life. Craig Blackbird, from Houghton-Le-Spring, got Commando in June 2012. Before he got Commando, Craig would barely leave the house alone, but now his life has turned around. Mr Blackbird said: “It’s incalculable really the difference he’s […]