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Riverside fundraiser to help South Tees Hospital and relief work in Syria

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

44 players and 500 spectators have taken to the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.

It's part of a charity event to raise over £10,000 for both South Tees Renal Unit & Islamic Relief's work in Syria. Organisers said they wanted to help those in the local area, and those with acute needs abroad.

"Without the South Tees Renal unit, my late father would not have received the care and support that prolonged his life and gave us the opportunity to share so many precious moments.

It is impossible to express the gratitude we all feel, but I hope the money raised can go some way towards expressing how much the unit means to the people of Middlesbrough"

– Qasim Asghar, event organiser

Islamic Relief is operating inside Syria and it provides support for civilians trapped by the on-going conflict.

Since the conflict began, Islamic relief says they have helped over 6.5 million people inside the country, and delivered an estimated £30 million in aid.

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Grace House remembers former Tyne Tees presenter Kathy Secker

Family of the fomer Tyne Tees presenter Kathy Secker joined staff at Grace House in Sunderland today to celebrate the contribution she made to helping sick children.

Grace House provides respite care - and is now equipped for overnight stays. Kathy raised almost all the funds to get the charity off the ground before her death last year.

Watch Helen Pearson's report here:

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Giant land art created to impress Tour de Yorkshire TV audiences

The giant land art, entitled 'The Finest View' Credit: North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park Authority has commissioned a special piece of 'giant land art' in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

The 70-metre height, 40-metre wide white painting will come into view as the helicopters broadcasting live coverage of the race track the cyclists’ ascent of the Côte de Sutton Bank.

The artwork, entitled 'The Finest View', incorporates the three animals that appear on the Hambleton District coat of arms.

An expected audience of six million worldwide will see a horse atop a penny farthing with a ram perched on its shoulders and a boar sitting aloft holding a telescope.

The artwork took the Landmark Collective, comprising artists Becky Newbould, Rob Conway, James Brunt, Timm Cleasby and Cath Smart 14 days to complete using 1000 litres of white biodegradable pitch-marking paint that will fade over the coming months.

Richard Gunton, director of park services for the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

With the cameras panning across the countryside, the land art will give the millions of people watching the Tour de Yorkshire on TV a ‘boar’s-eye’ view of the spectacular scenery that makes our National Park a real must-see, as one of Yorkshire’s best-loved authors rightly identified!

– Richard Gunton

'Wheelchair' Steve completes marathon Metro challenge

'Wheelchair' Steve Wilkinson has completed a marathon challenge on the Tyne and Wear Metro, getting on and off a train at every station on the system to raise money for charity.

Starting at the airport at 6am, and finishing at St James' at 9pm, Steve has managed to raise over £2,000 for 11 North East charities, with people sponsoring him from 5p per station.

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