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How Text Santa money helps the Alzheimer's Society

This Friday on ITV we will be asking for your help to raise as much money as we can for our Text Santa campaign. Thanks to your generosity we raised more than £5 million last year to be divided between six charities.

One of the charities to benefit is the Alzheimer's Society. Lise McNally has been to meet one couple who have been helped by the charity.


Yeovil footballers share to Christmas cheer at local hospital

Yeovil Town players may have Manchester United on their mind, but today the team will be visiting the town's hospital.

Manager Gary Johnson and his players will be handing out presents to sick children who will be spending Christmas at the hospital.

The Glovers have been drawn against the Premier League giants in the FA Cup third round. The match is live on television on Sunday January 4th.

Manager Gary Johnson said he was Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Stonehenge Visitor Centre celebrates anniversary

The centre opened last December. Credit: ITV News West Country

The new Stonehenge Visitor Centre turns one today.

The multi-million pound facility began life with a few teething problems, including complaints about overcrowding and delays. However, a record 1.3 million people have visited it in the past year, including US President Barack Obama.

Earlier this year a beam of light was shone from the stone circle to commemorate the start of the First World War, followed by a special ceremony commemorating a million First World War soldiers.

WW1 soldiers marched again at Stonehenge. Credit: PA

Bristol's new mobile 'drunk tank' a first for the UK

A mobile treatment centre for people affected by alcohol after a night out opens in Bristol today.

Coinciding with the busy festive period, the state-of-the-art, 65-foot-long vehicle is the first of its kind in the country.

Paramedics will be able to treat people inside, reducing the pressure on hospital A&E departments.

A trial of the scheme in the city last December was praised for easing the strain on the emergency services.

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service, expects the centre to have its hands full over Christmas.

Inquest into Taunton man's ski death begins

An inquest into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident will be held today.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston was on a family holiday in Austria in February. The 23-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control on an advanced black run and crashed into a snow machine.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family


Your Christmas light displays

We asked you to send us photos of your Christmas lights displays - and there are certainly some spectacular houses out there. Here's a selection of our favourites.

Lawrence Weston Credit: Jackie Westfield

Jackie Westfield sent us this photo of her house. She says they've had lots of lovely people stop to look at their lights and seeing the children's faces is the best.

Chippenham Credit: Nigel & Paul

Nigel sent this picture of his house that he shares with Paul in Chippenham. They've got lights in the windows, a Christmas Tree on display and a wreath on the door.

Devizes Credit: Paul Hughes

This photo was sent in by Paul of his parents Mr and Mrs Hughes' house in Lawrence Weston. They're using the display to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support nurses.

Frome Credit: Gary Monger

Gary Monger sent in this photo of his house in Frome. They've got a giant polar bear, snowman and even Santa's reindeer in the window.

Almondsbury Credit: Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper sent us this one. They've even got a Christmas Greeting on their wall.

Thanks to everyone who's sent us pictures. If you want to send yours in you can email us at, tweet us @itvwestcountry, or post it on our Facebook page:

REPORT: Wiltshire veterans group disbands

Wiltshire veterans of the Normandy landings gathered for a poignant service yesterday as their Association was officially disbanded.

The group is being wound up with organisers saying it's better to end together, rather than continue until the last man standing. Surviving soldiers told ITV News it's important to remember the sacrifice of their comrades for future generations.

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