Text Santa announces return for third year

Text Santa will restart for a third year in December Photo: ITV

Text Santa, ITV’s annual charity fundraiser, has announced that it will return in December 2013 to raise money and awareness for another six UK based charities.

The appeal has raised nearly £10 million for charities since it started in 2011.

Hosts Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley were joined by Paddy McGuinness for the 2012 live show, which was broadcast on 21st December and was watched by a peak audience of 6.2 million people.

The six charities who have been selected as Text Santa beneficiaries this year are: