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Benali starts his 1,000-mile charity run

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has set off on his charity run between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old will spend the next three weeks completing the 1,000-mile challenge, with the aim of raising around £1 million for cancer research.

Benali spoke with ITV News before setting off from St James' Park in Newcastle this morning.

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Benali's Big Run in pictures

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has set off on his 1,000-mile charity run to every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old left St James' Park in Newcastle this morning. Alan Shearer was among the group of people that saw him off.

Crowds gather to support Francis Benali at St James' Park Credit: ITV
Alan Shearer was at St James' Park to offer his support to Benali Credit: ITV
Francis Benali will visit every Premier League ground in the next three weeks Credit: ITV

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Former Southampton footballer begins charity run

Former footballers Francis Benali and Alan Shearer outside St James' Park, Newcastle Credit: ITV

Former Southampton footballer Francis Benali has set off on a 1,000-mile charity run to every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old, who played more than 300 games for Southampton, will be spending the next three weeks completing the challenge. He's hoping to raise around £1 million for cancer research.

Benali started the run at St James' Park in Newcastle this morning and was seen off by his former Southampton teammate and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.

All-female crew training for Volvo Ocean Race

In fifty days time the first all female crew for 12 years will set sail in the Volvo Ocean Race. Only three of them have competed in the event before. But what they lack in experience, they make up for in team spirit - having trained together longer than anyone else. Sally Simmonds joined them on a race around the Isle of Wight.

Offers of help for Gazza after latest relapse

Twenty-four hours ago we thought he was going to make a sensational return to football in the South. Tonight though, Paul Gascoigne, is in hospital. Police and Paramedics were called to his apartment in Sandbanks yesterday and taken to Poole Hospital where he spent the night. Today, fellow Sandbanks resident - and Premier League manager, Harry Redknapp - offered Gascoigne a role working with his youth team at QPR to help fight his battle with alcohol. Martin Dowse reports.

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Redknapp offers Gascoigne coaching role at QPR

Harry Redknapp speaking at a press conference today.

Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the former England midfielder's health.

The 47-year-old has a long history of problems with alcohol, and is said to have been taken away by emergency services from his home in Dorset on Thursday. Pictures published on Friday morning showed Gascoigne looking gaunt and almost unrecognisable from his days turning out for the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle.

Since relocating to the South Coast, Gascoigne now lives in close proximity to Redknapp, who revealed he would jump at the chance to give him a way back into the game.

''He is a great lad and it is just sad to see how he is looking at the moment,'' the QPR boss said. '"I saw him about a month ago and I said 'I will pick you up in the mornings Gazza, come training with me. Do a little bit of work with the kids'. I would love it if he would do that. If he wants to do it, I would pick him up every morning at 5:45am at the end of his road and bring him in.

"He could go and do some coaching with the kids. I would love it if he would do that - that is an open invitation to him."

Paul Gascoigne in hospital after ambulance called to Poole flat

Paul Gascoigne's penthouse flat in Dorset Credit: Meridian

Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital after the emergency services were called to his home in Poole. Police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the luxurious Sandbanks area. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented . He entered a rehab clinic in Hampshire earlier this year.

Army of volunteers join ITV Local Heroes

There are hundreds of community sports clubs right across the South East, and it's thanks to an army of volunteers that many of these clubs survive. This summer ITV, in partnership with the charity Join In, is aiming to get 100,000 people to sign up as volunteers. It's part of ITV's Local Heroes campaign. Dame Kelly Holmes knows only too well the importance of volunteering. Helen Plint reports.

Paul Gascoigne taken to hospital in health scare

Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital this evening after the emergency services were called to his home in Poole. Police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the luxurious Sandbanks area earlier this afternoon. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented with him entering a rehab clinic in Southampton earlier this year.

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