Text Santa Appeal 2013

Text Santa is ITV's annual Christmas charity appeal to raise funds, and make a difference to the quality of life for vulnerable people.

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Take a sneak peek backstage at Text Santa

After weeks of build up, ITV's annual fundraising show Text Santa is here.

Ant and Dec will open the show in just over an hour and a half's time.

The annual fundraiser is to help 6 charities which help people of all ages across the UK.

There are plenty of surprises and one off performances planned for the show.

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Santa’s little helpers in action

ITV Border's Tim Backshall did his bit at the Big Bag Pack Credit: ITV News Border

Today we revealed that our 7000 Santa’s little helpers helped raised over £104,000 during last week's Big Bag Pack. A huge well done to everyone involved, including our charity volunteers, primary schools, News and This Morning team and our hosts – Morrisons!

But they aren’t the only helpers that have been out in force for Text Santa this year.

Across social media, you’ve been sharing what you’ve been doing to help raise money for the appeal this year.

And it’s not too late to get involved!

Host a festive quiz, organise a Friday fundraiser, or join in the main event.

On Friday we’ll be encouraging as many people as possible to wear a hat to show their support and in return, donate to Text Santa.

We’ve even set up a way for you and your colleagues, friends or family to donate online.

Text Santa: British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation is one of the six charities benefitting from this year's appeal.

Tonight we're meeting a woman from Millom in South Cumbria, who has first hand experience of the vital work they do.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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.

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ITV on Text Santa appeal

ITV says:

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.

– ITV spokesperson

Text Santa: Age UK

All this week we're looking at how money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will benefit people in our region.

All the money donated to Text Santa is split equally between six different charities.

In the second of our reports, Finola Miles has been taking a closer look at the work done by the charity Age UK:

Text Santa: CLIC Sargent

As part of the Text Santa Appeal, we've been looking at the work done by the six charities that the money raised will help to support.

Among the charities involved in this year's ITV Text Santa appeal is CLIC Sargent - the country's leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Greg Noble from Galashiels is one of those who've received help.

Finola Miles reports:

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