Text Santa Charity Appeal

ITV's annual Christmas charity appeal to raise funds, and make a difference to the quality of life for vulnerable people is gathering pace

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How Text Santa money helps the Teenage Cancer Trust

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 is the Teenage Cancer Trust which has one of its largest centres in the country in Bristol. It supports young cancer patients from across the South West. Robert Murphy's been to meet Ben Winder, a young man who has been helped by the centre.

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Our presenters pack bags for Text Santa

Guess who did all the work when Kylie and Ian packed bags for Text Santa Credit: ITV News

Thousands of volunteers have been helping pack shopping bags in supermarkets across the country to raise money for ITV's Text Santa appeal.

Our presenters Kylie Pentelow and Ian Axton were invited to take to the check outs too.

While Ian took to the task with relish, Kylie got into the festive spirit.

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Ian and Kylie help pack bags for Text Santa

Ian and Kylie take part in Text Santa Credit: ITV News

Ian and Kylie have helped shoppers in Bristol pack their shopping bags for Text Santa.

Hundreds of stores across the country are taking part in the Big Bag Pack as part of Text Santa. The event last year raised £105,000.

The event hopes to encourage children and local communities to take part in volunteering, especially at a time of year when they can often forget there are people in need.

Hundreds of stores are taking part in the Big Bag Pack Credit: ITV News

Age UK's Christmas help

If the thought of one Christmas meal leaves you feeling full, then spare a thought for the charity cooking up 40 every day this week.

It's all for the benefit of vulnerable pensioners, some of whom will be alone this festive season.

The lunches - and much more besides - are the work of Age UK in Gloucestershire, one of the charities benefiting from this year's ITV Text Santa appeal.

Richard Payne reports on the help it provides.

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Bag packing for a good cause

If you were doing your Christmas food shopping this morning, you may have spotted some familiar faces.

Alex, Ian and Kylie swap microphones for carrier bags in aid of Text Santa

Presenters from ITV News Westcountry spent the morning packing bags at Morrison's at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.

Cameraman Clive gets into the Christmas spirit as the presenters help pack bags at Morrisons

Ian Axton, Kylie Pentelow and Alex Beresford were volunteering at the supermarket to raise money for this year's Text Santa appeal.

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