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Helping the elderly all year

This week we've been telling you about the charities you can support through ITVs Text Santa Campaign and tonight we focus on Age UK.

The charity provides all sorts of assistance to older people so they don't have to be housebound or lonely at any time of the year, and certainly not at Christmas.

John Andrews reports:-

100% of donations made by viewers are evenly distributed to ITV's chosen charities within three months of each televised appeal.

All Text Santa operating costs including staffing and the programme itself are funded directly by ITV as part of its corporate giving and not from corporate partners or viewer contributions.


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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.

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