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North Sea rowing challenge for cancer charities

Michael Tierney in the training pool at South Tyneside College Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A former North East soldier is planning to row across the North Sea to raise money for cancer charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Preparations for the 510-mile challenge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael Tierney, from Low Fell in Gateshead, has been undergoing training at South Tyneside College's Marine Safety Training Centre.

Offshore weather conditions can be simulated at the Marine Safety Training Centre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The technology allows different weather conditions to be simulated in the pool.

Wind, rain and waves can be created Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael took up the challenge in memory of his sister, Clare, who died of breast cancer.

He will be joined on the trip by a former army colleague, James Moloney.

The pair are planning to make the 510-mile journey from the Scottish Borders to Denmark in August - a crossing they believe has only previously been completed by the Vikings.

'Geordie cancer drug' could save thousands of lives

It's known as the Geordie cancer drug and has been hailed as one of the most important new medicines in cancer research.

Developed by scientists in Newcastle, Rucaparib is being tried on patients across the North East

It is one of many potential medications being tested at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.

Our Health Correspondent Frances Read has this report.

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Sir Bobby Robson Foundation tops £8 million mark

Sir Bobby Robson with Professor Ruth Plummer, Cancer Trials Research Centre Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has announced it has reached the £8 million pound mark.

The news comes on the seventh anniversary of the the charity, which funds research into clinical cancer trials.

Sir Bobby, who lost his battle with cancer in 2009, set-up the foundation with the aim of raising half a million pounds.

Sir Bobby speaking at the launch of the Foundation Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The clinical trials, which take place at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, help cancer patients from across the North East and Cumbira

We’re absolutely thrilled by this new fundraising total. It’s incredible really. We had no idea how well-supported we would be when we launched in 2008. Bob would be stunned.

– Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby's Widow

Your views on proposed Shearer statue

There were mixed reactions on the streets of Newcastle to proposals to erect a statue to former Newcastle footballer Alan Shearer outside St James's Park.

Some said he was a football hero and a charity fundraiser and deserved the recognition. But one man said he was a "minor legend" and not a major legend in the same category of Sir Bobby Robson and Jackie Milburn.

For a round up of the comments click below.

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Football remembers Sir Bobby

Sir Bobby: Never forgotten

Fifth anniversary of death of football legend

Sir Bobby Robson

Today (July 31) marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Sir Bobby Robson.

Since the death of the footballing legend, the cancer charity he established has gone from strength to strength.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised more than £7million.

His widow, Sir Elsie Robson and son Mark talk about his legacy:

Tributes to Sir Bobby

Wreaths were laid to Sir Bobby Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Wreaths were laid in honour of the former Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson, before the Magpies pre-season friendly against SC Braga.

Saturday 11th August was named Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, to mark the 150th anniversary of the FA.

The match, which was Newcastle's last before the new season, ended 1 all. The Newcastle goal came from captain Fabricio Coloccini.

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