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How Text Santa money helped 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. Our reporter Claire Manning has met one man who has been helped by the charity. He was diagnosed with dementia at the age of just 55.

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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

Cotehele's Christmas garland features 40,000 flowers

The finishing touches are being put to a massive garland at a Cornish country house.

The 90-foot garland at Cotehele on the banks of the River Tamar is decorated with 40,000 flowers. They were specially grown in the gardens of the National Trust property during the summer. Cotehele has featured festive decorations for centuries.

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Dartmoor Zoo appeals for Christmas trees

Dartmoor Zoo hopes the Christmas trees will provide an enriching environment for its inhabitants, including this tiger Credit: ITV News West Country

Dartmoor Zoo is appealing for unwanted Christmas trees. Keepers say they've already been inundated with trees, with people leaving them at the gates of the zoo. They'll be used in the enclosures to help provide an enriching environment for the animals.

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