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ITV News Anglia presenters offer a helping hand at local store

We're heading toward that time of year when everyone descends on their local supermarket, stocking up on food and drink in time for Christmas.

And, as if the aisles weren't busy enough, there were a few extra people at one store in Norwich today.

A few stars from the ITV News Anglia newsroom went along for the Big Bag Pack.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall

100% of donations made by viewers are evenly distributed to ITV's chosen charities within three months of each televised appeal.

All Text Santa operating costs including staffing and the programme itself are funded directly by ITV as part of its corporate giving, and not from its corporate partners or viewer contributions._

Text Santa celebrates Christmas classics

Love them or hate them - at this time of year there is no getting away from them!

Yes, it’s those Christmas songs that follow us round from shop to pub to radio station.

This year, two of the most famous ones turn 40 years old and one of them has an extra-special significance this Christmas.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent Andy Bevan whose been chatting to the men behind the music:


Volunteers encouraged to give their time this Christmas

Every year ITV's Christmas charity Text Santa raises thousands of pounds for charities across the UK. Text Santa isn't just about raising money, it's also about giving time to help others, and this year the charity wants tens of thousands of volunteers to help different charities.

You can find out more about the appeal at the following link

And here's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to tell you more.

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:

Text Santa - Anthony Nolan Trust

Tomorrow (Friday) is ITV's charity extravaganza, Text Santa. It's raising money for 6 different charities this year and the promises to be full of fun and entertainment

We're taking a look at how charities in our region will benefit from the money raised.

Sorrel Mason from Great Wratting is Suffolk is eight years old, after battling leukaemia, the Anthony Nolan Trust helped find her a stem cell transplant when her options were running out...

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