The X Factor donates proceeds to Philippines appeal

The X Factor has announced it will donate proceeds from this weekend's contestant vote and live performance downloads to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Simon Cowell said on Twitter:


Tonight @thexfactor has backed The Sun's campaign for DEC Philippines Appeal & we are donating profits from votes & downloads to @decappeal


They desperately need our help. Huge thanks to @thexfactor team and to ITV for making this happen

ITV, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle will together donate a minimum of 50p from every track downloaded this weekend to the appeal.

Click here to donate to the DEC appeal


Philippines appeal reaches £39m

The Philippines typhoon appeal has reaches £39 million, the Disasters Emergency Committee has announced. British warship HMS Daring has arrived in the country as part of the UK's emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.