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ITV's big Christmas charity show - Text Santa

A Galaxy of stars are lining up for ITV's big Christmas charity show - Text Santa - which will be on at 8 o'clock this evening.

Among a host of our favourite celebrities is one genuine A-list, Hollywood megastar.

Our reporter Richard Slee was given the green light to go behind the scenes and reports now on the build up to the big event.

Text Santa extravaganza on ITV tonight

Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV News

Ant and Dec will be taking part in ITV's Text Santa programme tonight.

The annual charity show will feature a specially written scene of George Clooney in Downton Abbey.

Six charities benefit from Text Santa. This year's charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, Well Child, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and Together for Short Lives.

This years charities Credit: ITV News

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Text Santa appeal helping people with dementia

Now tomorrow night a host of celebrities including George Clooney will be taking part in the charity extravaganza Text Santa on ITV.

The show raises money and awareness for 6 UK based charities in the run up to the big night and tonight we're focussing on the Alzhemier's Society which will receive a share of all donations this year.

In Cumbria, 8,000 people have dementia. We've been to meet one couple from Carlisle to hear how the money will help them.

Text Santa: helping terminally ill people

Marie Curie cancer care, which is dedicated to helping terminally ill people, is one of those organisations that will be supported this year.

Hannah McNulty has been to meet one couple in Dumfries and Galloway who are being helped by the charity

Text Santa: helping visually impaired people

The Guide Dogs charity, which supports visually impaired people, is one of those organisations that will be supported this year.

Katie Hunter has been to meet one woman whose life has been transformed thanks to the charity:

Text Santa - young people on their cancer journey

ITV's annual fundraising campaign Text Santa is in full flow, aiming to raise money to support six carefully selected charities.

The Teenage Cancer Trust which supports young people on their cancer journeys is one of those organisations that will be supported this year.

Kim Inglis has been to meet Lorna, a young cancer sufferer who has been helped by the trust.

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Feeling festive yet? Text Santa appeal in the Border region

Text Santa raises money and awareness for six UK-based charities in the run-up to the big night on 19th December.

This year’s chosen charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.

Kim Inglis has been looking at how some of last year's money was spent in Cumbria.

Tim Backshall helps bag donations for Text Santa

Text Santa is ITV's Christmas campaign to raise money for six chosen local charities.

Our reporter Tim Backshall went down to a Morrison's store in Carlisle to do some bag packing and raise money for the annual charity appeal.

ITV's annual fundraiser Text Santa is back

To launch this year's campaign fundraising has been taking place at Santa's Grotto in the Old Town Hall in Carlisle.

£3 from the £4 entrance fee today is being donated to Text Santa to help kick off the appeal.

And to add to the Grotto's appeal, 911 boy band singer Lee Brennan from Carlisle was there as well.

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