The QT

Sunday 14 July 2024
14/07/2024

Author name: Jane Hall

Tyneside’s secret sailing success

Just before you hit the steep incline of Tanners’ Bank heading away from North Shields Fish Quay, is a narrow lane leading into what looks like a random goods yard. With the popular Wheel House coffee shop on one corner and an electronics business on the other, few people probably give the compound shut-off behind …

Remarkable life of D-Day’s unsung heroes

It wasn’t just the Germans who knew Britain and her Allies were preparing to invade France in 1944 in a bid to end the deadliest conflict the world had ever seen.  The British public was also aware that plans were being finalised to liberate north-west Europe from Nazi occupation and destroy Hitler’s despotic regime. What …

Does the answer to care lie over the border?

A 75-minute drive from Newcastle up the A1 and then the A697 will take you to Cornhill-on-Tweed in north Northumberland. There’s a roundabout on the outskirts of the village where the A697 and A698 meet. Take the first left and you’ll find yourself driving up Cornhill’s Main Street past the Collingwood Arms Hotel, the shop …

Who’s looking after our loved ones?

Amanda Suddes is sat in her kitchen clasping a mug depicting Charles M. Schulz’s famous cartoon beagle, Snoopy, alongside the phrase ‘just be happy’. Given the topic under discussion, it’s hard to think of three less appropriate words to sum up her current feelings. She’s chatting about her late mother and father, Mary and Bob …

Our future in their caring hands

“You have to have it in your heart to want to do it because it’s not an easy job. You have to love and want to help your elders.” So says 18-year-old Ellie Cable, one of thousands of teenagers across the UK currently studying towards what they hope will be a rewarding career working in …

Why we must care better for the carers

Ask Caitlin Evans what she believes is the biggest issue currently facing the social care sector, not just in England but across the UK, and her answer is emphatic: a chronic shortage of staff. Low pay, insufficient funding, inadequate training, stress, and a lack of understanding and appreciation amongst many employers and the public of …

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