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Duke of Kent opens Teesside plant turning waste into power

The Duke of Kent officially opened the plant today Credit: SITA

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent KG has officially opened SITA Consortium’s new energy from waste (EfW) facility at Billingham, Teesside.

The new energy from waste plant will allow Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils to reduce their reliance on landfill, by providing an alternative service which uses waste to produce electricity to power around 30,000 homes.

10-year-old 'couldn't believe' meeting Prince Harry and Pixie Lott

Three years ago, when Rachel Hooley was 7, a routine visit to her GP quickly led to her being admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with heart failure.

In a matter of days her life hung in the balance - it was saved at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle by a heart transplant.

Life after the transplant has been a roller coaster ride and Rachel has been an inspiration, dealing with everything with a smile on her face.

Now, the 10-year-old from Cramlington has won a national award from the charity Wellchild.

The charity's patron is Prince Harry, who praised all the winners, saying: "Your stories are moving beyond words and remind us all of just how fantastic you all are."

Rachel loves dancing so she received her award from members of the dance group Diversity. She and her mum also got a chance to meet Prince Harry - and share the stage with the rest of the winners.

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10-year-old meets Prince Harry as she wins national award

Rachel Hooley with Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Rachel Hooley with her mum, Eve, and Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 10-year-old girl from Cramlington in Northumberland has been honoured at a special award ceremony attended by Prince Harry and Pixie Lott.

Rachel Hooley had a heart transplant when she was just seven. She was nominated by her sister for the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards.

Rachel Hooley won the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Princess Anne comes to the North East

Princess Anne visited North Yorkshire earlier this month Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Princess Royal is visiting the region today.

Princess Anne will open the new Sailability Facility at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht club.

The specially built pontoon provides wheelchair users easier access to boats.

The Princess Royal recently visited North Yorkshire.

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