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Behind the scenes of tonight's live ITV Text Santa

A galaxy of stars are lining up for ITV's big Christmas charity show - Text Santa - which is on at 8 o'clock this evening. Among the celebrities on show will be probably Hollywood's most bank-able megastar - and also one of Bolton's finest. Richard Slee reports now on the build up to the big event

Text Santa: How your donations will help the blind and partially sighted get a canine companion

This week on Granada Reports we'll be hearing about some of the charities being helped by Text Santathis year. One of those is Guide Dogs for the blind, or partially sighted. The specially trained dogs help make everyday tasks like crossing the road easier. Victoria Grimes has been to a training school in Liverpool to find out more.


Corrie stars prepare for netball soap showdown

The cast of Coronation street are preparing to take on soap rivals Emmerdale in the ITV Text Santa Charity netball match.

They've been training with the Manchester thunder team ahead of the game on the 22nd November which will raise cash for 6 different charities.

Hayley Tamaddon who plays Andrea Beckett is taking on the position of goal attack.


Text Santa: How Brian House helped Michael

In the final report on ITV's Text Santa appeal we meet a remarkable young man who's fought back from a rare condition to be an inspiration to others. Michael Willacy from Blackpool suddenly collapsed whilst on holiday after his brain swelled causing permanent damage.

But he still managed to get himself 5 GCSE's this year and is studying for a career in IT. Michael says he wouldn't be the young man he is today without the support of his local hospice.

Our reporter Sarah Rogers went to meet him:

Text Santa: Raising money for Age UK

As many of us gear up for our Christmas celebrations we take a look at one charity who work tirelessly to make sure one generation isn't overlooked. Age UK are one of the charities being supported by our Text Santa appeal this year.

They've been running Christmas parties across the region to make sure those who would normally be on their own get a chance to put on their glad rags and kick up their heels.

Sarah Rogers went along with them:

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._

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