Text Santa, ITV's charity Christmas appeal, has raised £4.2 million for good causes after stars took over the channel in a live show.
ITV annual Text Santa charity campaign concludes today with a takeover of ITV to raise money for six charities in the run up to Christmas.
Text Santa is ITV's annual flagship charity appeal to raise funds, and make a difference to the quality of life for vulnerable people.
This evening there is a whole night of fund-raising events on ITV. But for now we feature two more of the chosen charities asking for your support. Emma Wilkinson's been talking to people who've been helped by children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the British Heart Foundation.
In the final report on ITV's Text Santa appeal we meet a remarkable young man who's fought back from a rare condition to be an inspiration to others. Michael Willacy from Blackpool suddenly collapsed whilst on holiday after his brain swelled causing permanent damage.
But he still managed to get himself 5 GCSE's this year and is studying for a career in IT. Michael says he wouldn't be the young man he is today without the support of his local hospice.
Our reporter Sarah Rogers went to meet him:
As ITV launches its annual Text Santa charity appeal take a look at the events in your area and see how the money raised is being spent around your region on your local Text Santa page:
This year's charities are:
Cheryl Cole has joined regulars at Coronation Street's Rovers Return to film a special episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa campaign.
The former Girls Aloud songstress is to star alongside soap stars Michelle Keegan (Tina), Simon Gregson (Steve), Kym Marsh (Michelle) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) in the episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa programme on Friday 20th December.
In the storyline Cheryl heads to the Rovers, looking for her childhood friend, barmaid Tina, and aims to take her up to Newcastle to celebrate Christmas - but things do not go according to plan.
The former X Factor judge said: "It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life.
"It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."
Nineties pop acts who reformed for ITV series The Big Reunion are to release a Christmas cover of Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'.
The charity single, released on December 15, will feature groups including Blue, Atomic Kitten and Five.
All proceeds will go to ITV's Text Santa appeal, which raises money and awareness for six UK-based charities including Age UK and BeatBullying.
Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten said: "When we started the talks for The Big Reunion this time last year, we couldn't have imagined we'd end up recording a Text Santa Christmas single. It's all for charity and we are so humbled to be a part of it."
They'll battle this year's X Factor winner, among other acts, in a bid to top the festive charts.