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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...

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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