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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:


People's Millions open for entries

People's Millions is back Credit: ITV

Over the past eight years we've given away more than £27 million of Big Lottery cash to 523 community projects right across the UK.

Including the East Anglian Sailing trust who won in 2010 and now have a new waterside community centre at Levington Marina near Ipswich for disabled sailors.

This year we have eight grants of up to £50,000 to give away to deserving groups.

You can apply if you are: a voluntary or community organisation, a school, a local authority, a health body or a branch of organisation or partnership.

You have from now until noon on Monday 13th May to apply. Shortlisted projects will go head-to-head. Media training will be offered. Terms and conditions apply.

To get an entry pack, just go to this link.[

]( must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions can be found here.

Children's charity needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a house-to-house collection scheme which supports the work of a children's charity in Essex. Action for Children's house-to-house collection takes place in Billericay, each September.

The annual event has in some years raised more than £8,000 and the charity believes it is an ideal opportunity for volunteers aged 18 and over to gain fundraising experience and to work as part of a friendly and supportive team.

Money raised from the collection will go to Action For Children services, directly benefiting vulnerable and neglected children through, for example, short breaks centres, family development centres and services that provide support for victims of sexual abuse.

Minis take to Suffolk streets in aid of charity

Minis raise money for East Anglian Children's Hospices Credit: ITV News

Its one of the world's most recognisable cars and later on today the streets of Suffolk will play host to more than a hundred Minis.

The East Coast Mini Club has organised a charity run from Bury St Edmunds to Southwold.

It's members are raising money for the East Anglian Children's Hospices


Cash for community projects from The People's Millions

The People's Millions are coming back to ITV Anglia. The People's Millions is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with ITV.

This year we're giving away 8 prizes of up to £50,000 to deserving projects right across the Anglia region.

Over the past eight years The People's Millions have awarded more than £27.8m to 523 community projects across the UK. This year we will break the £30 million mark as we have 76 awards to give away totalling up to £3.8m. Could the next winning project be yours?

Click below to watch Kate Prout's report on how you can apply. You can also click here for more details.

Twins donate year's pocket money to charity

Young children and their pocket money are not easily parted - unless it's for sweets or toys. But seven-year-old twin girls from Cambridgeshire have saved their pennies for a whole year and donated it all to charity.

Lauren and Olivia Bocking have given over £100 to MAGPAS, the emergency response charity - which helped to save their dad David when he had a motorbike accident in his 20s.

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