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Support throughout region for Text Santa

Lots of people across the Meridian region have been dressing up in their finest festive knitwear today, in support of 'Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day'.

And tonight, here on ITV, celebrities will come together for the annual fundraiser - a three-hour live show with music and entertainment, to raise money for the 'Text Santa' charities.

The presenters have been busy in rehearsals - where they were joined by our reporter, Lauren Hall.

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Text Santa is raising money for three charities

It's the season of giving - and ITV's Text Santa is back. Friday is Christmas Jumper Day - and we'll have a bumper programme filled with celebs and TV personalities. All for a good cause.

This year Text Santa is raising money for three charities - including Macmillan. The cancer charity provides support to thousands of people across the South. And Sam Holder's taken a look at one of their special care units in Sussex.

Text Santa helps Make A Wish charity

This Friday a whole host of celebrities will be donning their Christmas jumpers to support Text Santa.

It's ITV's annual charity fundraiser. And one of the charities to benefit this year is Make a Wish.

They grant magical wishes to children with serious illnesses. Andrew Pate went along to meet one five-year-old who's just returned from a special trip.

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Family upset after being banned from Butlin's

Eight families and their children have been left devastated after their New Year holiday to Butlin's in Sussex was cancelled at the last minute.

The group booked a week's break at Bognor Regis almost a year ago - but have now been told they cannot go because some of the party are not on the electoral register.

A spokesman for Butlin’s said: "We have a clear and precise policy when accepting bookings at all our resorts. It has been in place for many years and is readily accepted by the families who enjoy returning each year.

"We will not accept bookings from any UK-based party who is not on the Electoral Roll. For those who live outside the UK, proof of full residential address is required.

"The enjoyment of our guests and their families in safe and convivial surroundings is always of paramount importance, but even more so in the current climate."

We speak to parents Sophie Howes and Jolene Hare.

Hampshire rap duo go for X Factor glory in grand final

Reggie 'N' Bollie are down to the final two Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire rappers Reggie 'N' Bollie will battle it out with Louisa Johnson for the X Factor crown tonight.

Seventeen-year-old Johnson is the bookies' favourite to win, which would make her the youngest X Factor victor in the show's history.

Ghanaian rap duo Reggie 'N' Bollie from Farnborough have consistently surprised the judges by dominating the public vote but will have to pull out a spectacular performance to pip the Essex frontrunner to the prize record deal.

The Farnborough duo are up against favourite Louisa Johnson Credit: PA

The two acts will perform their winner's song live on the results show, giving viewers a taste of the track they might be hearing at number one this Christmas.

The grand final show will include a performance from Adele, who will be taking to the show's stage to sing record-breaking hit Hello which she first teased in a 30-second snippet during an X Factor advert break.

Che Chesterman, 19, who was mentored by Nick Grimshaw, received the fewest public votes on Saturday night and was voted off in third place

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