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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


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


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Charity campaigns against drink-driving this Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas, this Friday is traditionally the worst night of the year for drink driving and alcohol-related violence. Avon & Somerset Police have already arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving in the first week of their Christmas crackdown.

The Road Safety charity, Brake, is running a "Not a drop, not a drag" campaign to stop people even touching a drink or taking any drugs before getting behind the wheel. Franki Hackett from the charity tells us more.

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