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Text Santa: how last year's funds were spent

TV personalities, celebrities, boy bands. You name it. Next Friday, ITV's Text Santa goes 'on air'. The marathon programme raises millions of pounds for great causes across the south. And it's all thanks to YOUR kind donations and fundraising efforts.

Last year, the telethon pulled in over five million pounds for six charities - Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, Clic Sargent, the British Heart Foundation and Hospice UK. Our reporter David Johns has been to see how some of that money was spent.

He spoke to Gilly Ferguson, and Claire Cardy, Chief Executive of the Ellenor Lions Hospices.


First Christmas concert by cathedral's all-girls choir

Canterbury Cathedral's all-girls choir

Tonight for the first time in its history, a girls choir will perform a Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

The formation of the all girl choir in January ended a one-thousand year tradition of all male choristry at the Cathedral.


Canterbury Cathedral's first all-girls' choir prepare for Christmas concert

A unique event will take place at Canterbury Cathedral in December, when its first ever all-girls' choir perform their first public Christmas concert.

The choir was formed in January this year and is made up of 16 mainly local girls aged between 12 and 18 years old.

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Their first performance attracted over 600 people, and they are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas debut.

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They also performed at the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests this year.

The concert will take place on 5th December in the cathedral's Nave.

Kent shoppers hunt for Black Friday bargains

Pictures from Bluewater in Kent show eager bargain hunters taking to the shops to take advantage of the US-inspired Black Friday sales before Christmas.

A family carries away a discounted 48" television from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
A shopper carries away a discounted sound station from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
Topshop employees rally after a pep talk as they prepare to open the store to shoppers at Bluewater Credit: © Bluewater
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