Text Santa raises £4.2 million

ITV's annual text Santa charity campaign has raised £4,187,686 for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices. The annual fundraiser in the run up to Christmas concluded with a takeover of ITV.

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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."

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