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A North Tyneside fundraiser has embarked on his latest challenge to raise money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Ivan Hollingsworth, 40, who lives in Whitley Bay, has raised more than £400,000 over the last five years for the Children's Heart Unit after his son, Sebastian, had surgery at the hospital in 2009.
He has now began his sixth coast-to-coast challenge to pay for specialist staff at the hospital's new £300,000 playroom.
Ivan and a team of riders, including staff from the Freeman Hospital, will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven, in West Cumbria to Tynemouth.
A new £3m cancer treatment unit is saving lives and cutting treatment times in the North East. A radiotherapy machine at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle was partly paid for by money from local charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Charlie Bear appeal and the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.
Some of the money was raised at a special celebration night at Sage Gateshead for Sir Bobby Robson. People who organised and took part on the night said they were delighted at the new radiotherapy equipment
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper said it was a fantastic facility the North East was fortunate to have.
The former Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw helped organise the Sage event and said he was delighted because the new treatment unit was a facility for everybody in the region.
“I know Bob would be fascinated by the technology in this unit and I’m so proud that our charity has helped make it happen.
“I sincerely hope everyone involved with the Sir Bobby Celebration night and all the many people who have organised their own events and activities feel the same sense of pride and achievement I do.
Fourteen year old heart transplant patient Chloe Beaney has been describing how much difference her new heart has made to her.
Chloe has left the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for her home in Cramlington where she'll enjoy Christmas with her family. She spent six weeks in the Children's Heart Unit waiting for a heart to become available.
To hear Chloe's comments click below.
Chloe Beaney, the 14-year-old girl who was given a new heart just over a fortnight ago, has given her first broadcast interview since she underwent the surgery.
Chloe, from Northumberland, was at the top of the transplant list before a donor heart was made available and she had the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital at the end of November.
Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, as she continues her recovery in hospital, Chloe expressed her gratitude to the donor whose decision to sign up to the donor register has saved the 14 year old's life.
Watch Ruth Holliday's full report here:
Dr Richard Kirk, from Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, says Chloe needs a heart as soon as possible - and has urged people to sign up to the organ donor register.