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Text Santa: Anthony Nolan helps Dorset girl

The countdown is on to Text Santa, our big, star-studded charity fundraiser, on ITV1 tomorrow night.

It aims to raise money for six chosen charities, including Anthony Nolan that helps people with blood cancer.

One of those it helps is 9 year old Issy Miller from Dorset. She will spend this Christmas in hospital, isolated from the rest of the world, after under-going a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

She was diagnosed with Leukaemia in September but working with Anthony Nolan, Bristol Children's Hospital quickly found a donor match to go ahead with the procedure.

Richard Payne has followed Issy's story before and after the transplant:

For more information on Anthony Nolan, visit their website here.

And if you'd like to know more about Text Santa go here.

Text Santa: Marie Curie nurses care for terminally ill cancer patients and their families at home

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of six charities to benefit from Text Santa - ITV's Christmas fundraiser. Marie Curie nurses help care for terminally ill patients in their homes, and offer emotional support to families. Catherine Le Roy is one such nurse.

For more information on Marie Curie Cancer Care click here


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Text Santa: Family of 11 year old Ethan Jones receive support from Children's Hospice South West

11 year old Ethan Jones has a very rare condition called Ring Chromosone 14. There are just 40 to 60 cases worldwide. It causes epilepsy, respiratory problems and global delay. It means Ethan needs care around the clock.

Children's Hospice South West helps families like Ethan's. Its three hospices in the region offer care for children who have illnesses which mean they wil die before reaching adulthood. It is supported by the charity, Together for Short Lives.

For more information on Together for Short Lives click here


Dancer prepares to restart challenge

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Charity dancer prepares to restart challenge

Fundraiser restarts attempt to 'Dance Britain'

Teacher and lecturer Ben Hammond is dancing his way from John O'Groats to Lands End. Credit: Abby Perkiss

A fundraiser who was hit by a car as he danced his was from John O'Groats to Lands End will restart his attempt this morning.

Ben Hammond, a teacher and lecturer, was run over last month just 200 miles from the finish.

Having already danced almost 1000 miles through Scotland, England and Wales, Ben will set off from the site of the accident near Wells at 10am. He says he is focused on finally making it safely to the end, and hopes to complete the challenge on Saturday 1st December.

Cheltenham Town raise money for charity

The Cheltenham Town squad have taken inspiration from this summer's Olympics to raise money for charity. The footballers took time away from preparing for Saturday's match with Southend to try their hand at different sports.

As part of a 'Gold Challenge' they took part in Olympic sports to raise money for the National Star College, which provides education for people with physical disabilities, brain injuries and associated learning difficulties.

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