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Big Bag Pack raised over £100,000 for Text Santa charities

Pam was kept busy by shoppers at Morrisons in Killingworth. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
All for a good cause: funds raised by Ross and many others will go to six key charities. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Last week’s Big Bag Pack raised £104,000for the six key charities being supported by ITV’s Text Santa campaign.

Thousands of volunteers joined ITV Newsteams across the country to pack bags at local supermarkets.

Money raised by the Text Santa campaign will support six key charities. Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent (which supports children with cancer) and Help the Hospices will all benefit.

Our presenter, Pam Royle, and our weather presenter, Ross Hutchinson, were kept busy by shoppers at Morrisons in Killingworth.

If you would still like to get involved it is not too late: click here for some fundraising inspiration.


Samaritans: One in six calls to us are about money worries

One in six calls made to the Samaritans is about money worries and it is generally men making those calls.

Figures published today show that in the last five years the calls about money, jobs and housing have nearly doubled.

The charity is gearing up for a busy period this Christmas. Earlier, we spoke to Libby from the Samaritans. We started by asking her how the Samaritans can help people under financial pressure.

Full report: We look at the work of bullying charity supported by Text Santa

All this week, we have been looking at how ITV's Christmas fundraiser, Text Santa, will benefit people in the North East.

Since its launch in 2011, the appeal has raised £10m. This year, Beat Bullying is one of the charities being supported.

In the last of our reports, Katie Oakes has been to meet a teenager on Teesside who is now a mentor after she was bullied herself.


Text Santa: Help the Hospices

This year's Text Santa appeal is in full swing.

Money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will be shared equally between six different charities.

One of those is Help the Hospices.

In the first of our reports on how people in the North East will benefit from money raised, Katie Oakes met a family from County Durham who are being supported after losing a relative to cancer.

How Text Santa appeal is helping North East families

All this week, we're looking at how money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will benefit people in the North East.

All the money donated to Text Santa is split equally between six different charities.

In the second of our reports, Katie Oakes has been to meet a young couple from Newcastle whose Christmas would be very different without the children's charity Barnado's.

Charity for critically ill boy appalled by conman scam

A charity set up to raise money to pay for treatment for a critically ill boy says it is appalled that a conman has been going door-to-door trying to get money from people by claiming to represent it.

Bradley Lowery, from Blackhall, in County Durham, suffers from a rare form of cancer. He is already on his fifth bout of chemotherapy and if he relapses then the only treatment available is abroad.

Now the charity set up in his name says it is concerned this scam will put people off making legitimate donations. Kenny Toal reports.

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