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Text Santa: Supporting children in hospices

All this week we've be hearing about how some of the money being raised for Text Santa will benefit people right here in the region, ahead of tonight's live programme on ITV.

St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle receives support from Together for Short Lives - a national charity that supports children's hospices in the UK.

Here's Deborah and Isabelle's story:

This year's beneficiaries are Alzheimer's Society, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and WellChild.

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Text Santa: Alzheimer's Society

In the build up to our Christmas fundraising campaign Text Santa's live show this Friday evening, we're looking at how the money raised will benefit people here in the North East.

Alzheimer's Society is one of the six charities chosen. It funds dementia support workers and pays for activities for people living with dementia and their carers.

Watch Katie Oakes's full report here:

Text Santa: Helping teenagers with cancer

This week on Tyne Tees we'll be hearing about how some of the money being raised for Text Santa will benefit people right here in the North East.

The first charity we are going to see is the Teenage Cancer Trust. They fund specialist units like the one at the Great North Children's hospital, which allow young people to support one another and improve what can be a very isolating situation.

Cameron Asprey from Teesside was given the all clear four years ago:

Campaign to keep elderly people warm this Christmas

Elderly Care Project Winter 2014 Credit: IDC

The North East Islamic Diversity Centre has launched its annual Winter Campaign to help keep elderly members of the community warm this winter.

They are asking for people to donate new blankets, thermal and hot water bottles. The items will be distributed to elderly people living in Newcastle.

Deadline for donations is the 22nd December, to make a donation:Click Here

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Cyclists return to Teesside after 18 month journey round the world

Some of the 'Mission Oz' boys in Australia Credit: Mission Oz

Five men from Teesside have cycled round the world to raise money for charity.

The best friends all live near Stockton and had just graduated from university in Newcastle when they set off from Yarm in July 2012.

It has taken them a year and a half to complete their route through Europe, Asia, Australia and America.

The team, who have called themselves Mission Oz, have raised thousands for Health Poverty Action and Macmillan Cancer support at Middlesbrough's James Cook university hospital.

WATCH: Mission Oz reaches Australia

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