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Text Santa: Helping teenagers with cancer

This week on Tyne Tees we'll be hearing about how some of the money being raised for Text Santa will benefit people right here in the North East.

The first charity we are going to see is the Teenage Cancer Trust. They fund specialist units like the one at the Great North Children's hospital, which allow young people to support one another and improve what can be a very isolating situation.

Cameron Asprey from Teesside was given the all clear four years ago:

Girl with brain tumour organises football fundraiser

An 11-year-old girl with cancer has helped to organise a fundraising football day, determined her illness won't stop her.

Erin Bates was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in June.

This morning, she had her last session of radiotherapy - and went straight onto the football pitch, where her friends were waiting for her.

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Celebrities to help raise money for North East cancer charity

Britain's Got Talent's Jai McDowall is performing at the charity event Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Celebrities including Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and actor Tim Healy are taking part in a charity concert at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.

The event will raise money for Teenager Cancer Trust, and will go towards The Great North Children's Hospital and the Freeman Hospital, which provide specialist care for teenage cancer patients.

Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick and Lindisfarne's Billy Mitchell will be giving readings at the event.