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How volunteering can help Text Santa

Last week saw the launch of ITV's Christmas charity Text Santa, and showed where the money raised was spent. But Text Santa isn't just about raising money.

It's also about giving time to help others. It wants tens of thousands of volunteers to help different charities.

ITV's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby explain how it works...


"Treecycle" your Christmas tree

Even tiny trees can be recycled - although the Somerset Waste Partnership recommends replanting those in pots Credit: ITV Westcountry

As the festive season draws to a close, we're being asked to 'treecycle' when we get rid of our Christmas trees. Somerset Waste Partnership says they can be composted, chipped or shredded instead of sending them to landfill where it will produce greenhouse gases.

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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.


Plymouth holds Christmas celebration with celebs

The original lights switch-on was postponed due to bad weather Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plymouth will hold a belated event to celebrate Christmas this evening. The original lights switch on was postponed because of the weather - and although the lights are already on, highlights include the Military Wives Choir and panto star Christopher Biggins.

It's also the last evening for late night shopping in the city.

Behind the manger: spotlight on school nativity

It is that time of year when thousands of primary school children dress up in all sorts of outfits to take part in their nativity plays. An exciting time for all those involved, including teachers, parents and of the little stars themselves.

We wanted to experience one school's play, to capture all the tension and drama of a production that always lives long in the memory. We sent Claire Manning to Chaddlewood Primary School near Plymouth. If you're still not in the festive mood yet, then this will definitely put a smile on your face.

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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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