CHICKS offers holidays and a break for kids from around the UK who are living in poverty or who are suffering abuse .Read the full story ›
CHICKS has two retreats in the South West, one in St Austell and one in Tavistock. The aim is to give youngsters a chance to escape their home lives and make new friends. Many are referred through social workers or teachers.
For some of the kids, going on holiday with CHICKS allows them to experience the countryside and activities they would never normally take part in. For some it's the first time they have even seen a horse!
Nestled in the Cornish countryside is a charity that is quietly changing children's lives.
CHICKS offers holidays to kids around the UK who are living in poverty or who're suffering abuse.
It gives the children a chance to take a break and the first group went this week.
Gary Barlow is being joined by celebrity friends today as he heads off on a charity drive from Land's End to John O'Groats.Read the full story ›
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:
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
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
A woman from Somerset has compiled a book of people`s memories to raise money for an Alzheimer's research charity.
Angie Cox from Long Sutton lost her mother in law to the illness and has asked people to contribute poems and stories. She asked celebreties and local people to contribute poems and stories about key moments in their lives because memories are often the most precious thing we have.
A Westcountry charity has revealed what a holiday retreat it hopes to build for terminally ill children will look like.Read the full story ›