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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

Shearer and star guests to help young people into jobs

Alan Shearer Credit: David Davies/PA

X Factor winner Shayne Ward, impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw and football legend Alan Shearer will be among the celebrity guests taking part in this year's Benfield Golf Day and Gala Dinner, sponsored by Benfield Motor Group, in aid of The Prince's Trust.

Shayne and Jon will be performing at the evening event while during the day, golfers will go head to head in a charity tournament such as Jonathan Edwards, former world's fastest bowler, Steve Harmison and the North East's own Shearer.

Speaking of the event, Alan Shearer said: "Many times, the things that we all take for granted can be everyday life for so many disadvantaged young people in the North East. It is tragic to think that they are so low that they may not have the confidence to walk out of the door in the morning. The funds that we are hoping to raise again this year are so vital to helping The Trust continue its work and making sure that these young people do not get forgotten."

The money raised will go towards running The Prince's Trust's programmes in the North East, giving disadvantaged young people the qualifications and experience to help them get a job.

Newcastle hospice to benefit from Text Santa funds

A Newcastle hospice is set to benefit from ITV's annual Text Santa campaign.

St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth, is one of 53 children's hospice services across the UK that will receive a share of funds from the TV appeal through its partnership with Together For Short Lives

St Oswald's provides care to adults, children and young people in the North East.

Text Santa has raised £15 million for charities since it was first launched in 2011.

This year's proceeds will be distributed equally between Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and Together For Short Lives.

The show on 19th December will be presented by stars including Alesha Dixon, Paddy McGuinness, Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.

The time of year to help those near: Text Santa's back!

Alesha Dixon will join PaddyMcGuinness for one hour of the charity extravaganza Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

AleshaDixon joins the presenter line-up of ITV’s Text Santa for the first time this year, it was announced today.

Singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge partners Paddy McGuinness for one hour of the charity appeal extravaganza on Friday, 19th December.

Ant &Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley will also present a Text Santa that's bigger than ever, with chart-topping live music performances and some of the biggest names in show business. Amongst some of the treats lined up, George Clooney takes part in a specially-written scene of Downton Abbey; The Cube has a unique Text Santa twist and the stars of Coronation Street perform as we’ve never seen them before.

Text Santa 2014 promises three hours of non-stop entertainment, full to the brim of surprises.

The show raises money and awareness for six UK-based charities in the run-up to the big night. This year’s chosen charities are Teenage Cancer Trust,Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.

Viewers can donate by visiting the Text Santa Just Giving page

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