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Fearless Father Christmas's underwater mission

Santa goes in at the deep end Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

A scuba-diving Santa Claus took time off from preparing for Christmas by taking the plunge at Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium.

The fearless Father Christmas was joined by one of his elf helpers as they donned scuba gear and entertained surprised visitors to the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction.

The sub-aquatic Saint Nick temporarily shared the giant tropical ocean display with a variety of sharks, rays and hundreds of brightly coloured reef fish.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “Several metres underwater may not be the first place you’d expect to come face to face with Father Christmas.

“It just goes to show there really isn’t anywhere Santa can’t deliver presents – and it’s certainly a lot warmer than the North Pole."

Text Santa: brave Jennifer suffers from rare condition

This Friday is ITV's Text Santa - a marathon programme, with big celebrity names - raising millions of pounds for great causes. Thanks to your donations and fund-raising efforts, over £5 million was raised last year.

Six charities benefited - Age Uk, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, Clic Sargent, the British Heart Foundation and Hospice UK.

This year, there are new charities - and this week we'll be highlighting their work.

Tom Savvides meets a brave 13-year-old, from Worthing, in Sussex, - supported by nurses from the Wellchild charity.

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Text Santa helps The British Heart Foundation

This week we have been finding out how ITV's Text Santa charity appeal is changing lives across the South East.

Here's the story of a young man - Aaron Davies, who had a heart transplant at the age of 26 following a sudden illness. As Andrea Thomas reports, The British Heart Foundation has been helping him on the long road to recovery.

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Text Santa: how Barnados helps children

All week we're finding out how ITV's Text Santa charity appeal is changing lives across the South. Tonight we meet the Rees family, on the Isle of Wight.

Mum Sarah has a condition that means she's in constant pain - it also means her husband and four children are now her carers. Sarah Cooper's been to find out how the charity Barnardos is helping to make their lives a little easier.

Text Santa: CLIC Sargent helping young cancer patients

All this week we're looking at some of the organisations who are benefitting from this year's ITV Text Santa Appeal.

It's our campaign to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people - by inspiring, engaging and empowering others to make a difference at Christmas time.

We start tonight with a children's cancer charity and the story of one teenager who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

After two major operations in Oxford, Charlotte Bell's family were supported throughout her recovery with the help of CLIC Sargent. Penny Silvester reports.

Clic Sargent is just one of the UK-based charities we're supporting this year. Every penny that's raised will be split equally between Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

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