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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.

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.

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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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Dog abandoned because "he wagged his tail too much"

Street artists join campaign to not buy a dog just for Christmas Credit: Dogs Trust

Street artists have joined a campaign to make people think again about buying dogs for Christmas. A mural of a puppy wrapped up as a present has gone up in North Street in Bristol, reminding people of the slogan that a dog is for life not just for Christmas. The Dogs Trust is hoping to put buyers off and released reasons why owners have given up their pets:.

  • "He kept chasing frogs”
  • “He looked different after we walked him in the rain”
  • "He was too loving and needed too much attention"
  • “I’m worried our toddler will copy him and poo in the garden”
  • "He’s too playful - we haven’t sat down since we got him"
  • “My dog is old and going to die soon”
  • "He was scared of the cat next door”
  • "He barks every morning”
  • “He wags his tail too much”
  • "She’s seems hungry all the time and follows me around the house"
  • “He kept coughing in the night and woke me up”
  • “All the puppy did was sleep. We wanted a dog we could play with”

With more and more puppies flooding the Christmas market, all available at the click of a button - it is more essential than ever that our iconic message “A Dog is For Life, Not Just For Christmas” is ingrained in people’s minds.

We hope that this visually striking campaign will encourage people to think twice about the commitment of dog ownership before impulsively buying a puppy.

Our aim is to ensure that the artwork will be the only abandoned dogs the British public will see on their streets this Christmas period.

– Giles Webber, Dogs Trust

Claire Joselin from the Dogs Trust was in Bristol today to bring the message home.

We don't like people buying puppies at Christmas time because we see them coming in in the New Year when everything's calmed down and they've realised how much work a puppy actually is.

We get ridiculous reasons for dogs coming in in the New Year so we just want people to stop, think about what they're doing, how much it costs just before they do decide to buy a dog.

– Claire Joselin, Dogs Trust

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

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Could this be the first Christmas jumper for a cow?

Gloria looks very festive in her jumper - but it's also carrying an important message Credit: Send A Cow

Christmas jumpers - in varying degrees of tastelessness - have become fashionable festive wear but a charity based near Bath has come up with what it believes is the first to be worn by a cow.

Gloria, the mascot of Send a Cow, has had a jersey knitted for her (with natty Velcro straps) to highlight the charity's alternative gift catalogue. People are invited to come up with presents that can change the lives of families in Africa.

A local cow would set you - or your group - back £205 and would provide a farming family with milk and manure to keep their land fertile.

This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas.

Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa.

This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over £8 million to help poor families.

– Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow

For more information go to the charity's website

Bath brought to a standstill on one of its busiest days

The lorry got stuck on the bend of Milsom Street Credit: Lizzie Heffer

An articulated lorry has become stuck in the centre of Bath.

The huge vehicle was unable to turn a corner at the bottom of Milsom Street causing long delays and traffic jams on the surrounding roads.

It comes on one of Bath's busiest days as the annual Christmas Market gets underway in the city centre.

The lorry has now been moved onto a side street where it remains stranded.

It's a busy day in Bath - let alone with stuck lorries Credit: Lizzie Heffer
Traffic backing up Milsom Street behind the lorry Credit: Lizzie Heffer
The lorry was moved to Quiet Street but remained stranded Credit: Lizzie Heffer
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