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Charity incomes in the North East on the decline

Charity incomes look to be on the decline Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly 40 percent of charities in the North East say they have seen their incomes fall in the last year.

Research carried out by the charitable foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, found almost half don't feel they have enough staff time to make the most of funding opportunities and have fewer resources

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Teenager honoured for charity work

Hannah Larkin, who has been honoured for her charity work

The founder of a teenage cancer charity has been honoured for her work at a special ceremony.

Hannah Larkin set up Butterfly Giving when she was just 15 to improve the lives of teenagers fighting cancer and to offer help and support to their family and friends.

The charity also helps educate young people about cancer. It received registered status with the Charity Commission last year.

Hannah was presented with a Mayor’s Award from Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon at a ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday (January 23).

Hannah Larkin pictured with dad Paul and mum Julie after receiving her Mayor’s Award at Middlesbrough Town Hall

17-year-old Hannah, who hopes to become a doctor, won the 2011 Ambition Axa Award for her community work.

She donated some of the prize money to the teenage oncology ward at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Mr Mallon said: “Middlesbrough’s future lies with its young people, and the town is fortunate to have young people of the calibre of Hannah Larkin."

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon pictured with Hannah Larkin

Little Ant and Dec quiz David Cameron in Downing Street

After weeks of build up, ITV's annual fundraising show Text Santa is here. Ant and Dec will open the show - and their alter-egos, little Ant and Dec, have been to 10 Downing Street to question the Prime Minister himself.

The annual fundraiser raises money for six charities, which help people of all ages across the UK. There are plenty of surprises and one off performances planned for the show.

David Wood has been backstage for us to see how preparations are going.

Watch Text Santa from 8pm on Friday, 20th December.

Michelle Keegan had fun working with Cheryl Cole on Coronation Street

The actress Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, said she had great fun working with Cheryl Cole on Coronation Street. The pop star from Newcastle made a cameo appearance on the cobbles as part of ITV's Text Santa appeal.

Cheryl Cole and Michelle Keegan behind the bar in the Rovers Return Credit: ITV

Michelle Keegan said: "I was really excited when I found out that Cheryl Cole was going to be filming at Corrie. She is someone I really admire and I have never met her properly so when I found out she was going to play Tina's friend I couldn't believe it.

"They say never meet your idols but she was amazing. She is such a huge Corrie fan and she was genuinely pleased to be filming with us. I sat and chatted with her for ages which was lovely. She didn't need any tips from us all though, she was really good, a natural.

"She knew all her lines and she seemed to really enjoy herself. Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris, made her laugh. She was great fun to have on set and I am really thrilled that Text Santa gave me the chance to work with her."

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First look at Cheryl Cole in Coronation Street

Cheryl Cole makes Steve McDonald's jaw drop as she makes her entrance into the Rovers Return on Coronation Street. The pop star from Newcastle is making her cameo appearance as part of ITV's Text Santa appeal, to raise money for a selection of charities.

The scenes featuring Cheryl Cole will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on ITV.

Big Bag Pack raised over £100,000 for Text Santa charities

Pam was kept busy by shoppers at Morrisons in Killingworth. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
All for a good cause: funds raised by Ross and many others will go to six key charities. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Last week’s Big Bag Pack raised £104,000for the six key charities being supported by ITV’s Text Santa campaign.

Thousands of volunteers joined ITV Newsteams across the country to pack bags at local supermarkets.

Money raised by the Text Santa campaign will support six key charities. Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent (which supports children with cancer) and Help the Hospices will all benefit.

Our presenter, Pam Royle, and our weather presenter, Ross Hutchinson, were kept busy by shoppers at Morrisons in Killingworth.

If you would still like to get involved it is not too late: click here for some fundraising inspiration.

Samaritans: One in six calls to us are about money worries

One in six calls made to the Samaritans is about money worries and it is generally men making those calls.

Figures published today show that in the last five years the calls about money, jobs and housing have nearly doubled.

The charity is gearing up for a busy period this Christmas. Earlier, we spoke to Libby from the Samaritans. We started by asking her how the Samaritans can help people under financial pressure.

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