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
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.
Granada Reports own Tony Morris, Chris Hall and Kerrie Gosney helped shoppers at Morrison's in Denton as part of the Text Santa bag pack.Read the full story ›
Granada Reports' own Tony Morrishas been packing bags at a supermarket in Manchester for ITV's Text Santa.
Tony, along with sport correspondent Chris Hall and weather presenter Kerrie Gosney have been packing bags at Morrison's in Denton for the charity.
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, ITV's charity Christmas appeal, has raised £4.2 million for good causes after stars took over the channel in a live show.Read the full story ›
ITV annual Text Santa charity campaign concludes today with a takeover of ITV to raise money for six charities in the run up to Christmas.Read the full story ›
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:
A remarkable young man has fought back from a rare condition to be an inspiration to others.Read the full story ›
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._