Less than a year after finding a small mole on his back, Craig Dargue died of cancer. A Durham hospice is helping his family to cope.
A charity which travels the North East offering second hand items for 5p says demand for the service has risen sharply.
Top North East bands raised more than £10,000 when they performed as their heroes at a charity event for St Oswald's Hospice.
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.
If you think you might need help from the Samaritans you can call them on 08457 90 90 90. The line is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can find more contact details here.
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.
All this week, we have been looking at how ITV's Christmas fundraiser, Text Santa, will benefit people in the North East.
Since its launch in 2011, the appeal has raised £10m. This year, Beat Bullying is one of the charities being supported.
In the last of our reports, Katie Oakes has been to meet a teenager on Teesside who is now a mentor after she was bullied herself.
This year, ITV's Christmas appeal, Text Santa, is supporting six charities.
One of those is the British Heart Foundation.
Money raised through the campaign will pay for more heart failure nurses, who help patients to keep their independence and stay in their homes.
Kenny Toal reports from Gateshead.
– ITV spokesperson
100% of donations made by viewers are evenly distributed to ITV's chosen charities within three months of each televised appeal.
All Text Santa operating costs including staffing and the programme itself are funded directly by ITV as part of its corporate giving, and not from its corporate partners or viewer contributions.
This year's Text Santa appeal is in full swing.
Money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will be shared equally between six different charities.
One of those is Help the Hospices.
In the first of our reports on how people in the North East will benefit from money raised, Katie Oakes met a family from County Durham who are being supported after losing a relative to cancer.
All this week, we're looking at how money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will benefit people in the North East.
All the money donated to Text Santa is split equally between six different charities.
In the second of our reports, Katie Oakes has been to meet a young couple from Newcastle whose Christmas would be very different without the children's charity Barnado's.
A charity set up to raise money to pay for treatment for a critically ill boy says it is appalled that a conman has been going door-to-door trying to get money from people by claiming to represent it.
Bradley Lowery, from Blackhall, in County Durham, suffers from a rare form of cancer. He is already on his fifth bout of chemotherapy and if he relapses then the only treatment available is abroad.
Now the charity set up in his name says it is concerned this scam will put people off making legitimate donations. Kenny Toal reports.