Category Archives: Local events

Dental superheroes

It was great to be able to catch up with Rebecca, Julie and the rest of the team at Throckley’s No.1 Victoria Terrace Dental Clinic earlier today.

They are taking part in Metro Radio’s #SuperheroDay to raise funds for the charity Cash For Kids (hence the costumes…), and – as ever – have teamed up with other local organisations, including Throckley Primary School, Throckley Community Hall and the neighbourhood police team, to do so.

I’ve worked closely with the practice since they first contacted me back in 2014 after the NHS contract held by the previous surgery was ended. This left thousands of local residents without an NHS dentist, and I, the team and the surgery’s patients campaigned for many, many months to get NHS dentistry reinstated in Throckley.

Our persistence paid off and it was a proud moment to be able to officially re-open the clinic as a refurbished, fully accessible, NHS dentist last summer.


Supporting the West End Foodbank

I’ve worked closely with the West End Foodbank over the last few years as I know they provide a lifeline to many people and families across Newcastle North in their time of need.  Opened in 2013 and headquartered in Benwell, the foodbank is now the busiest in the whole of the country – providing emergency food assistance to over 40,000 people in our city last year.

The incredible partnership recently developed between the foodbank and the Newcastle United Supporters Trust/NUFC Fans United has been amazing to see, with collections taking place outside St James’ Park at Newcastle’s last six home matches. And the generosity of NUFC fans has seen some 12 tonnes of food collected in that short space of time.

So, it was an honour yesterday to be able to join my colleague Chi Onwurah, NUFC fans, Michael Nixon from the foodbank and representatives from the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Newcastle United Foundation, the Church, and the Tyneside Irish Centre at the official opening of a further venture – a permanent city centre hub and collection point in the Grainger Market.

If I’m honest, I think it’s a national disgrace – in the sixth largest economy in the world – that so many families across our city, many of whom are in work, are struggling to put food on the table. But the work that the West End Foodbank – and the NUFC fan community – are doing to support them is absolutely invaluable. If you’d like to find out how you can support it too, please check out this page on their website: