Mark Stewart was diagnosed with a chronic cancer in March this year. Throughout his experience he's watched the great efforts of the medical teams striving to lift the spirits of his fellow sufferers. His aim is to create the best possible environment for their treatment and in turn, hope for their recovery.
Through a series of fundraising activities, starting with a sponsored walk, his goal is to move this large group of cancer patient's treatment facility from portacabins, into dignified, appropriate accommodation.
This great cause is seeking to raise £40,000-£70,000 to ensure that the newly housed unit is fitted out with the best equipment possible, to aid the relif the suffering of individuals and families in the North East community.
High Tide Foundation is a new charity that aims to provide local schools and young adults with support to raise aspirations and opportunities for young people, leading to greater job opportunities in marine and related industries on Teesside.
In this this first film, in a series of three, employees of the surrounding industries show that the port of Tees is a truly epic place to work.
When we found out that Middlesbrough Council were holding a referendum, Thursday 26 September, to decide whether they should be led by a mayor elected by the town's people, or, a councillor selected by a group of councillors, we were surprised to hear that this was being posited as a serious proposal.
We're aware that Andy Preston, Chair of Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, has already expressed his intent on running for the mayoral position; should the post still exist after this referendum. We make no secret of our believing that he would do a great job and act in the best interests of the town and it's people.
We feel strongly that the people of Middlesbrough should have the right to choose their leaders and not have that right removed, especially due to a lack of awareness of a referendum that will decide so much.
So, as a public service, we've produced a short video that outlines what's at stake and the outcome we hope will be achieved by Middlesbrough residents becoming aware and voting, to keep the elected mayoral system as it stands.
Andy starts the video and is followed by ordinary people who either live, or, work in Middlesbrough, or both. Hopefully the message is clear and then, as it should be with all important decisions in the democratic process, the choice is up to YOU!