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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

Newcastle one of 15 cities to take part in UK-wide march

Newcastle is one of 15 cities that will be taking part in a march against cancer.

Thousands of people are expected at the night-time walk which will start and finish at Baltic Square, on the banks of the River Tyne, between the iconic new landmark of the Sage Gateshead, and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Using the Millennium footbridge to cross the famous River Tyne into the vibrant city of Newcastle, the route will take in many of the city's picturesque sites.

The march starts at 7:30pm, click here for more information.


Tony the fridge 'humbled' ahead of Pride of Britain finals

ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal with Tony the Fridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal caught up with Tony the fridge, as he heads for the Pride of Britain finals.

Tony "the Fridge" Phoenix-Morrison has run numerous marathons with a 42kg fridge strapped to his back, to raise money for cancer research.

The 50-year-old from Hebburn will represent the North East at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards ceremony in London.

He told Kenny that he feels "humbled to be in the company of so many like minded people" and that getting to the finals was something he is "very proud of".

Tomorrow, Tony will be making a visit to Downing Street.

Online auction sees football shirts raise funds for Bobby Robson Foundation

A new online charity auction is now underway to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

There are more than 70 lifestyle and sporting lots available in The EACH and Sir Bobby’s Online Auction, including the Sheffield United shirt Gary Speed wore when the club took on Ipswich Town at Portman Road in 2008.

Gary was one of Sir Bobby’s ‘blue chip’ players at Newcastle United and he went on to become a great supporter of his former manager’s charity, even running the London Marathon to raise funds.

Gary’s number 15 match shirt is just one of the many special lots available in this charity auction and it was donated by Eastleigh FC’s Jai Reason.

Gary Speed Credit: Ipswich Town FC

Jai explains: “I watched Gary play my whole career because he was centre midfield like me. He was a fantastic professional and someone I really admired.

“When I was in the Academy at Ipswich we would have first team duties like giving the drinks out. I was on the day Sheffield played at Portman Road and took the opportunity to ask Gary for his shirt at the end of the game and he handed it over with a smile.

“I’ve looked after it ever since, never washed it, but on the anniversary of Gary’s death I thought it might help someone else. That’s when I found out about his connection to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and donated it to them.”

Organised by the EACH Special Events Committee, which is chaired by veteran fundraiser Gina Long, the EACH and Sir Bobby’s Online Auction is running between 6th-19thOctober and is hosted by

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