Several Newcastle Eagles players including Fab Flournoy have been supporting the Children's Heart Unit Fund by visiting children in the Freeman hospital and bringing festive cheer to the patients and staff alike.
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The operation targets foreign national offenders and also UK criminals who target and take advantage of vulnerable people coming to the UK.
A north-east contingent start their three-day journey from York Minster to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on July 28th.
The troops will serve as engineers in the country, which has been ravaged by conflict, famine and disease in recent years.