2015

Text Santa 2015 highlights

This year's Text Santa was a record breaker after raising more than £8.5 million by the end of Friday evening.

The show saw Richard Branson make his Corrie debut, a host of celebs tackling the Ninja Warrior course and the Downton Abbey lot searching for a new Father Christmas. Plus, there were live performances from Olly Murs, Little Mix and The X Factor winner Louisa Johnson. You can watch the show in full here or take a look at some of the highlights below.

You can give hope this Christmas by donating to Text Santa. 100% of your donations will be shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

Time travelling fun on the cobbles with a little help from Richard Branson...

How will our celebrities fare against TV's toughest course in a Ninja Warrior special?

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Paddy McGuinness takes on the Christmas Jumper Challenge

In the run-up to this year's Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day we had the likes of Holly Willoughby and Caspar and Joe take our Christmas Jumper Challenge.

In the main show it was Paddy McGuinness's turn to face the jumpers and try to beat the Guinness World Record of putting on 11 jumpers in a minute. But will he succeed?

You can give hope this Christmas by donating to Text Santa. 100% of your donations will be shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

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Highest total ever raised by Text Santa

Text Santa has raised the highest total ever at £8,383,361 as millions of viewers watched a night to remember on ITV.

In five years of fundraising, Text Santa has now raised over £29,000,000. This year’s proceeds will directly benefit three charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children as 100% of all money raised goes directly to the charities.

Peter Fincham, Director of ITV, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. I want to thank all ITV viewers and our partners who have donated so generously to the Text Santa appeal. All the money will go directly to this year’s charities Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children and will make a real difference to the lives of those who rely on the charities’ support.”

This year viewers saw their favourite celebrities doing their bit in a Christmas knit as the three-hour TV spectacular marked the climax of Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day which encouraged everyone to get out their woolies, join in the festive fun and most importantly donate to Text Santa.

Highlights of the night included Coronation Street stars joined by special guest star Sir Richard Branson, Downton Abbey butler Carson fighting off competition from Sir Bruce Forsyth to fulfill his dream to become the Abbey’s Santa Claus and stars including Mark Wright and Torvill & Dean competing in a special Ninja Warrior UK episode.

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Big Star's Bigger Star Text Santa special

Emma Willis, Jennie McAlpine and George Shelley were joined by their parents as Stephen Mulhern presented a one-off special, Big Star's Bigger Star for Text Santa.

But it was Stephen who was in for the biggest shock of all when his father made a surprise appearance.

You can give hope this Christmas by donating to Text Santa. 100% of your donations will be shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

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Myleene Klass visits DRC with Save The Children

Myleene Klass went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to see what Save the Children are doing to improve childbirth conditions for mothers like Bibish, who was devastated by the loss of her baby.

Myleene heard about the distribution of Clean Delivery Kits, which provide the basic sterile equipment needed for doctors to deliver a baby safely and cost just £6.

You can give hope this Christmas by donating to Text Santa. 100% of your donations will be shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

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Julie Walters finds out how Macmillan support mums like Emma

Macmillan Cancer Support nurse Wendy has been supporting mum-of-three Emma since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

Julie Walters went to meet Emma to see how Wendy has helped to ease her worries about cancer, both emotionally and practically.

You can give hope this Christmas by donating to Text Santa. 100% of your donations will be shared equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

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