Helen Ford has been finding out how the People's Millions grants have helped improve lives.
She revisited Lynn McManus - a winner from last year - to find out about her story.
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A look ahead at the weekend weather for the Tyne Tees region.
Exmoor ponies have proved to be such a success for the habitat at a South Tyneside nature reserve that they've been brought back.
A replacement bridge on one of Stockton Borough's busiest roads has opened well ahead of schedule.