Text Santa 2013: The Appeal Countdown begins

ITV is launching its annual Text Santa charity campaign to raise money in the run-up to Christmas for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices

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ITV presenters help out with Text Santa bag pack event

Young volunteers in Nottinghamshire raising cash for the Text Santa appeal were joined by ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale.

The event was held at the Morrisons in Gamston this morning.

ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale with some of the young volunteers
ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale with some of the young volunteers Credit: ITV News Central
ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale helps pack bags
ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale helps pack bags Credit: ITV News Central
Two of the young volunteers involved in the bag pack event
Two of the young volunteers involved in the bag pack event Credit: ITV News Central

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Singer Tony Christie greets young fans at charity event

Young fans were star-struck when Is This the Way to Amarillo singer Tony Christie popped in to a Walsall supermarket for ITV's Text Santa charity bag-pack.

Tony Christie with some of his young fans
Tony Christie with some of his young fans Credit: ITV News Central

And the youngsters were delighted when the chart-topping singer agreed to take time out from the event to pose for a picture with them.

Tony Christie joins Text Santa bag-packing event

Chart-topping singer Tony Christie has swapped his mic for plastic bags to lend a hand with the annual Text Santa charity bag-packing event.

He joined ITV News Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan at Morrisons in Walsall for the event.

Tony Christie and ITV News Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan at Morrisons in Walsall
Tony Christie and ITV News Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan at Morrisons in Walsall Credit: ITV News Central
The presenter helps youngsters in the charity bag pack
ITV colleagues Debra Bridgland, Alex Myring and Sameena Ali-Khan help youngsters in the charity bag pack Credit: ITV News Central

Children help pack bags for Text Santa appeal

Youngsters have donned their festive hats and headed to Morrisons in Gamston, Nottinghamshire, for a charity bag-packing event.

Along with ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale, they are packing bags to help raise cash for the Text Santa appeal.

Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal
Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV News Central
Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal
Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV News Central
Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal
Children help pack bags for the Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV News Central
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