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Text Santa charity appeal raises highest ever total

The Text Santa charity appeal has raised over £5.5 million for six charities. Credit: ITV News

ITV's Text Santa appeal raised its highest ever total as viewers dug deep to donate more than £5.5 million.

The star-studded show saw Hollywood superstar George Clooney appear in a special version of Downton Abbey, former Spice Girl Mel B join the cast of Coronation Street and members of McBusted eat turkey testicles and fish eyes in a "bushtucker trial".

This year's appeal was raising cash for Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and children's hospice support charity Together for Short Lives.

In four years of fundraising, Text Santa has now raised over £20.5 million.

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Sneak peek of George Clooney's Downton Abbey slot

A sneak preview of Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney's special guest appearance in Downton Abbey for ITV's Text Santa appeal has been released.

George Clooney has made a special guest appearance in Downton Abbey Credit: Text Santa

The short clip has been released as a teaser as part of ITV's annual Text Santa charity event, which this year also features Philip Schofield broadcasting live on the channel for 24 hours.

Clooney's full sketch on the show for Text Santa will be aired on December 19.

Read: Schofield reveals secret challenge for Text Santa 24

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ITV thanks viewers for Text Santa donations

ITV thanks millionsof viewers who watched last night’s three-hour Text Santa live show andtook proceeds for this year's fundraiser to £4.2m.

A big thank you to everyone who took part and donated in this year's Text Santa.

Their money will make a big difference to this year's nominated charities.

– Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television

There is still time to donate. Call 0300 200 8000 or click here.

Text Santa raises more than £4.1 million

ITV's annual charity Text Santa has raised £4,187,686 in an evening of fundraising for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

There is still time to donate. Call 0300 200 8000 or click here.

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