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Sunderland support group unveils new awards to help in skin cancer battle

A support service has launched a new series of award schemes to help prevent skin cancer. MelanomaMe was formed in Sunderland two years ago by Kerry Rafferty and Elaine Taylor after 39-year-old Kerry fought melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer, in...

today, 09:19 in Regional North East
 

Sunderland MP Julie Elliott speaks of her delight after Commons backs new law on organ donation

A Wearside MP whose daughter is waiting for a kidney transplant has spoken of her delight after MPs backed a change in the law on organ donations. Ministers confirmed they would support a Private Member’s Bill tabled by Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson to...

today, 09:09 in Regional North East
 

Sunderland and South Tyneside health chiefs look to recruit 100 Filipino nurses

Health chiefs have headed to the Philippines in a bid to recruit 100 new nurses to work in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Following joint working across the South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group and after a strategic staffing review...

today, 09:09 in Regional North East
 

Roadworks Round-up: Where you may face delays in and around Sunderland on Saturday February 24

Here’s a list of roadworks which may cause you hold-ups on Saturday: A1(M): Diversion on A195, A182, A1231 due to carriageway works, until March 13. Nissan Interchange: Lane closures/bridge works, until April 11. Mount Lane: Road closure due to...

yesterday, 17:35 in Regional North East
 

Gardening: Get pruning to prepare for summer shows

Now’s the time to dust off your loppers, pruning saw and secateurs and prepare plants for a top show this summer. Late winter is generally taken to mean February but like all gardening tasks, you can extend that into March. Choose a dull day – you...

yesterday, 16:49 in Regional North East
 

Attacker raped stranger in her own home before defecating on her bathroom floor

An attacker who raped a stranger before trashing her home and defecating on her bathroom floor has been jailed for 12 years. Dean Smettem, who was out on licence from a previous prison sentence, subjected his victim, who was in her 50s, to a...

yesterday, 16:34 in Regional North East
 

Report estimates 700 grooming victims in Northumbria Police area

Traumatised victims who gave evidence against a grooming gang were "disgusted" by the court process and some had to have mental health treatment after being quizzed by lawyers, the author of a serious case review has said. The treatment of...

yesterday, 16:17 in Regional North East
 

Sunderland man exposed as drug dealer after police found pictures of his pet dog Micky

A suspect was exposed as a drug dealer after police found pictures of his pet dog on his mobile phone. Detectives were hunting for a supplier who they knew had the nickname "Jonny-on-one" or "On-one". Their inquiries led them to...

yesterday, 16:03 in Regional North East
 

Letter of the week: Sunderland needs PALs - People Against Litter

It’s time for Sunderland City Councillors to take action on the terrible litter problem in Sunderland and surrounding areas. Yes, it’s the public who litter the streets but what is being done to prevent it? Nothing. It's a waste of money spending...

yesterday, 14:42 in Regional North East
 

Bradley Lowery's mum 'blown away' during visit to Welsh cancer centre

The mum of cancer battler Bradley Lowery has said she has been 'blown away' by an new cancer centre set to open in the UK. Bradley's mum Gemma Lowery and Lynn Murphy, the co-founder and head of communications and fundraising for The Bradley Lowery...

yesterday, 14:24 in Regional North East
 

Sunderland MP's passionate speech supporting change in organ donation law

An MP whose daughter undergoes daily dialysis has urged Parliament to back a change in the law for presumed consent for organ donation. Labour's Julie Elliott gave a hugely personal speech in the Commons about her eldest daughter Rebecca, 36, who has...

yesterday, 13:22 in Regional North East
 

Sunderland toddler Isobelle makes memory for life being comforted by Duchess of Cambridge

A tiny tot has a magical memory for life after the Echo caught her meeting the Duchess of Cambridge during the Royal visit to Sunderland. Our footage captured two-year-old Isobelle Nockles meeting the Duchess twice after the youngster cried for...

yesterday, 12:35 in Regional North East
 

12 salmonella cases now confirmed from Hartlepool and East Durham

Investigations are ongoing into an outbreak of salmonella which health experts say could have a possible link to a butchers shop. Public Health England North East say although a definitive source has not yet been confirmed, several of the affected...

yesterday, 12:01 in Regional North East
 

Sails to be installed at Fulwell Mill as repairs project nears completion on Sunderland landmark

The final cogs are turning on the major project to restore Fullwell Mill to its former glory. The much-loved Grade II* listed building, built in 1808, was closed to the public in 2012 on health and safety grounds after suffering significant damage at...

yesterday, 11:45 in Regional North East
 

Should our organ donor system be opt out instead of opt in?

MPs have started their debate on a Bill that would change the law on organ donation in England to ensure people have to opt out of being donors. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill from Labour's Geoffrey Robinson seeks to introduce presumed...

yesterday, 11:24 in Regional North East
 


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