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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.

MORE PICTURES: Fred, Sangeeta and Simon - supermarket checkout stars!

'Would you like any help with packing?' Our own Fred Dinenage behind the tills Credit: Solent News and Photos
Sangeeta helps shoppers with their own supermarket sweep - note the natty jumper Credit: Solent News and Photos
'I forecast lots of mince pies' Simon has his eyes on some Christmas treats Credit: Solent News and Photos
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