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Text Santa: How Brian House helped Michael

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:

Text Santa donations: Where the money goes

Stars of ITV's This Morning celebrate the launch of this year's Text Santa campaign, and explain how last year's £5.5million donations were distributed among its six chosen charities.

This year's charities are:


Cheryl Cole heads to Coronation Street for charity

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.

Cheryl Cole will make an appearance in Coronation Street to help raise money for Text Santa. Credit: ITV

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.

Cheryl Cole with Michelle Keegan Credit: ITV

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."

Big Reunion stars to release charity Christmas single

Atomic Kitten members are among The Big Reunion stars releasing a charity Christmas single Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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.

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