Skipper the Snowdog is setting off on a month long adventure - displaying his artwork to passengers on board the DFDS ferry Princess Seaways.
The newly decorated Snowdog, designed and painted by Newcastle-based artist Joanne Wishart, is part of a pack of the creatures that will make up a trail across Tyne and Wear for 10 weeks from the 19th of September.
They'll be 59 other giant sculptures, and 95 little Snowdogs dotted around the region later this year.
The Great North Snowdogs has been organised by St Oswald’s Hospice, in partnership with Wild in Art, and all funds raised will go to support the regional charity’s Children and Young Adult’s Service.
St Oswald’s Lymphoedema Service, based in Gosforth, Newcastle, has won the British Lymphology Society’s awards for ‘Innovation in Practice’ and ‘BestNovice Poster’.
The awards recognise St Oswald’s pilot Patient Education programme which was created by the nursing team after feedback from Lymphoedema patients. It offers the opportunity to access sessions about skin care, exercise and movement.
Potential volunteers can find out more about how they can help a Newcastle hospice by chatting to people already in the role.
Existing volunteers will talk about what it's like to volunteer for St Oswald's Hospice at a coffee morning designed to recruit more volunteers for the charity's shops.
The Volunteer Coffee Morning takes place from 10.30am to 12pm on July 16 at St Oswald's Gateshead shop, in Jackson Street.
The store manager and current volunteers will be available to talk to prospective recruits.
St Oswald's wants volunteers regardless of their ages, backgrounds and experience.
Anyone who is unable to attend can find out more by calling the hospice's volunteer office on 0191 2469125 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
People are being encouraged to sign up for an annual fishing competition, which is now in its eighth year, to support the work of a Newcastle hospice.
Amble Angling Centre wants people to sign up for the Bob White Memorial Competition in aid of St Oswald's Hospice.
The competition was set up in memory of Bob White, the previous owner of the centre, who died at St Oswald's Hospice in 2005.
The competition takes place between 8am and 4pm on July 13, with registration open at 7am at the centre, in Newburgh Street, in Amble.
A pilot scheme at a Newcastle hospice which helps patients with a long-term illness to manage their condition has proved so successful it will be extended.
St Oswald's Hospice ran the one-year Patient Education Programme within its Lymphoedema Service.
It was designed to give patients knowledge and skills to be able to self-manage their condition.
Each programme runs for six weeks and covers skin care, exercise and movement, nutrition, lifestyle changes, lymphatic massage and use of compression garments.
St Oswald's has been providing a Lymphoedema Service for the last 25 years.
It now supports more than 1,400 patients from across the North East.
An open day is being held at gardens across Northumberland to help raise money for St Oswald's Hospice - a charity that provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life limiting conditions.
Whalton Manor Gardens, Meldon Park house and gardens, Chipchase Castle grounds, Chillingham Castle gardens, Kirkley Hall gardens and Mindrum garden will all be open as part of the Open Gardens weekend which is taking place this weekend
Author Celia Bryce has opened a charity's first book shop which will raise funds to keep a Newcastle hospice running.
The former nurse was on hand for the official opening of St Oswald's Hospice book shop in Gosforth's High Street.
As well as books it sells DVDs, CDs, records and retro-style new goods.
Celia was born in Jarrow and now lives in Tynemouth. Celia donated a signed copy of her new novel Anthem For Jackson Dawes, for sale in the bookshop.
The store has an easy-reach children's section as well as sections for fiction, cookery, history, military, biography, and reference.
St Oswald's needs to raise £6.5 million each year to continue its work with families in the North East.