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Volunteers arrange convoy to help refugees

Volunteers loading the vans with donations

A convoy of aid collected by a charity from the North East will set off today to deliver items to refugees in Calais this weekend.

Support group, North East Solidarity With Calais Refugees, will distribute tents, sleeping bags, food, clothing and toiletries to help the thousands of refugees living in camps around the French port.

Organisers set up the group aiming to send two vans packed with essential supplies, but have been inundated with offers of help.


Family pay tribute to runner after GNR death

The family of David Colley, who collapsed and died in the Great North Run, has spoken of their devastation. They have asked the organisers of the race to pass on their gratitude for the sympathy and support they have received.

“David was a regular runner who loved taking part in the Great North Run and always looked forward to the event. We are absolutely devastated.”

– Family statement

Runner who died in GNR named

The runner who died participating in the Great North Run on Sunday has been named as David Colley, from Hull.

David, 58, had taken part in numerous Great North Runs over the last ten years. He collapsed in the last mile of the run and was attended to immediately by the medical services.

A post mortem concluded that Mr Colley died of natural causes.

David Colley


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