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Unveiling the Blue Plaque of Eileen O'Shaughnessy in Sunderland
A commemorative blue plaque honouring a South Shields-born Oxford scholar, who went on to marry famous author George Orwell, has been unveiled at one of Sunderland’s most iconic heritage buildings. Eileen O’Shaughnessy, born 25 September 1905, met Eric Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, in 1935 and...
Fine Free February: Sunderland Libraries Offer Amnesty on Overdue Books
A ONE month amnesty on overdue books is starting at libraries in Sunderland. From Wednesday 1 February (tomorrow), borrowers will no longer be asked to pay a fine on any late books brought back to city libraries. The February amnesty includes any historic fines. The City Council is beginning the Fine...
An Inspirational Journey: Kudz Munongi and His Fight Against Kidney Disease
The hopes of a former university student who is now a lecturer are to bring more attention to kidney health in Sunderland. This person has gone through two kidney transplants and survived skin cancer, so they want to spread awareness of these issues. Kudz Munongi was diagnosed with kidney disease...
Refurbished BMX Track Breathes New Life into Hetton Lyons Country Park
A BMX track is gearing up to welcome cyclists back after being given a new lease of life. Sunderland City Council has invested £80,000 on improving the surface and refining the layout of the track at Hetton Lyons Country Park as part of its drive to encourage more people to be...
Former Sunderland Student's Generous £5 Million Donation to Establish Drug Discovery and Development Research Institute
A former student and pharmaceutical entrepreneur has made the largest ever individual donation to the University of Sunderland in hopes of aiding in the improvement of the lives of millions of people globally. Today, the University announces the creation of the John Dawson Drug Discovery and Development Research Institute on...
They're with Him All the Way
SUNDERLAND soldier David Ansell is only days into his 1,000-day challenge for Cancer Research UK but has already been overwhelmed with support. David hit the headlines after announcing he would walk or shuffle – a pace between a walk and a run – 10 miles every day until September 2025,...
Financial Improvements and Investments at University of Sunderland
According to its 2021-22 Annual Report and Financial Statements, the University of Sunderland is aiding in the transformation of over 25,500 students' lives, while also continuing to expand globally and investing millions in its campuses. Published this week, the report sets out the University’s financial position over the past year,...
Ofsted Report Highlights 'Passionate' Adoption Team in Sunderland
TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN’S Adoption Services have maintained their Ofsted rating of 'good' following a full inspection in November 2022. Together for Children Adoption Sunderland provides services on behalf of Sunderland City Council and is also a partner of the regional adoption agency, Adopt Coast to Coast. Inspectors met with adopters, children, social...
Local Housebuilder Partners with Hellens Group to Raise £50,000 for Percy Hedley Foundation
Local housebuilder supports anniversary fundraiser for Percy Hedley Foundation. Local housebuilder Barratt Developments North East has contributed £26,500 to a 50th anniversary fundraising campaign for the Percy Hedley Foundation - one of the largest regional charities that supports those with additional needs The fundraiser for the Percy Hedley Foundation...
Celebrating Success: Uncovering the Power of the Prince's Trust Team Programme
A group of motivated and determined youth who have set out to improve their lives have been commended for their contributions to their local area. Local leaders gathered in Sunderland last week to celebrate the success of the latest Prince’s Trust course. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) offer...

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