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Children's charity "overwhelmed" by Sunderland's generosity after 8-0 defeat

Sunderland's charity donation comes after their worst defeat in 32 years. Credit: PA

Sunderland have said they will make a donation to a local children's charity after suffering their worst defeat for 32 years.

Grace House is a Sunderland-based hospice that provides care for children from across the North East with life-shortening conditions.

Sunderland lost 8-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (18 October). They announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that they would reimburse the travel and ticket costs of the 2,500 fans that made the 700-mile round trip.

However, the club added that any fans who do not want the personal refund will have their share donated to Grace House.

The charity's chairman, David Cook, said in a statement that he was "overwhelmed".

I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Sunderland Football Club and their supporters, this is an amazing gesture towards Grace House and children in our region with life-limiting conditions.”

– David Cook, Chairman, Grace House

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Sunderland skipper wants to "acknowledge" fans

Making amends: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea thinks it is right that fans should be paid back. Credit: PA

The Sunderland captain John O'Shea has said he wants to "acknowledge" the fans who made the 700-mile round trip to see their team lose 8-0 at Southampton.

It was announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that those the 2,500 fans who made the journey would have their costs reimbursed.

We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.”

– John O'Shea, Sunderland captain

Sunderland fans offered refund after 8-0 defeat

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Dedicated Sunderland fans who travelled to Southampton to watch their team lose 8-0 have been offered a refund.

The idea was initially suggested by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Speaking on behalf of the squad, Sunderland AFC’s captain John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."

Details of how to claim a refund are on the club's website.

Councillors to vote on London-style bus network

If the vote goes ahead, councils in the region could be responsible for running all local bus services. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The plans could eventually lead to a North East version of the Oyster card, which is used in London. Credit: PA

A controversial vote is taking place this afternoon to decide if Tyne and Wear's councils will take over the running of all buses in the area.

If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card.

The Oyster card allows travellers in London to load pay-as-you-go cash or season tickets on to them.

The meeting is being held at 2pm today (Tuesday 21 October) in Newcastle.

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