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Peterborough woman becomes 'poster girl' for Motor Neurone Disease charity

Charlotte Fletcher Credit: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Poster on the London underground Credit: Motor Neurone Disease Association

A woman from Peterborough has been chosen as the face of a national poster campaign to highlight Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month.

Over the next few weeks, 29-year-old Charlotte Fletcher will appear on more than 650 posters at 130 train stations across England and Wales.

The poster, produced by the Motor Neurone Disease Association, will be officially unveiled at Peterborough train station today.

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Hundreds brave sea for festive swim in Cromer

Crowds gathered at Cromer Pier in North Norfolk on Boxing Day to watch hundreds of people take a swim in the sea for charity.

Some were in fancy dress for the event, organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners. It proved to be as popular as ever.

Many were keen to get in the sea, but just as keen to get out again.

Money raised will go to the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association.

Click above to see some of the festive fun.

Hundreds take part in Boxing Day swim

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Hundreds of people braved a swim in the North Sea this morning for the annual Boxing Day Dip at Cromer on the Norfolk Coast. Many of those taking part wore fancy dress and some of them went in three times.

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They were watched by hundreds more people along the promenade near the town's pier. Organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners this year's event raised money for the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association for people with disabilities.

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Thousands brave the sea to raise money for hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Day dip

Hundreds of people celebrated Ipswich's St Elizabeth Hospice tenth Christmas Day Dip raising £40,000 for the Suffolk charity. The dip at Felixstowe beach, saw over 450 people celebrating ten years of thrills and chills.

DJ Andrew Storey proposes

This year DJ Andy Storey, getting the dippers and crowd warmed up with some festive and classic dance tunes, got the party going by proposing to his girlfriend of five years, Denise Turner.

St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Day dip

The Christmas Day Dip first took place ten years ago in supporter, Peter Burt’s, back garden with just seven people taking part and Mr Burt and his family still come along every year and are always the first into the sea and the last out..

St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Day dip

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent charity which provides its services free of charge. The Hospice costs £9.1 million a year to run and relies on fundraising events such as the Christmas Day Dip, as well as donations and the income generated from its shops to meet the majority of those costs.

St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Day dip

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East Anglian hospices set to benefit from X Factor hit

More than 300 families across the East of England will benefit from sales of X Factor winner Sam Bailey's single, Skyscraper, which is this year's Christmas number one.

East Anglia's Children's Hospice is to get a share of the money that's going to the charity 'Together for Short Lives'.

With three hospices in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk costing thousands of pounds to run each day, the money will help them to continue delivering care.

ITV News Anglia correspondent Victoria Lampard went along to the Treehouse, while the children were being visited by Ipswich Town football players, to see how they were taking the great news.

Click below to watch Victoria's report

How Text Santa helps in the Anglia region

Christmas is coming and so ITV's Text Santa appeal is getting into full swing.

The six chosen charities in 2013 are Age UK, Barnardo's, Beat Bullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices. ITV be helping to raise money and awareness of the work they do.

In 2012 ITV raised more than £5.5million for six charities and helped people across the Anglia region.

The charities were Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Lauren Hall about three of those charities:

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