2014's charities revealed!

Our six charities for 2014

We're thrilled to reveal our charities for Text Santa 2014.

UK based charities were invited to apply to become a Text Santa beneficiary for 2014’s appeal. Following a stringent selection process, we are proud to announce the six that were chosen are...

Read more about all of our 2014 charities here

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer's Society

One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. There is no cure but with the right support it is possible to live well with the condition.

Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers provide over 2,000 services for people affected by dementia in our communities. These range from Dementia Support Workers, providing practical advice from diagnosis onwards, to social activities like ‘Singing for the brain’, bringing people together in a safe and friendly environment.

Alzheimer’s Society improves the lives of people with dementia and their carers by helping them remain part of their community for longer.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 296645

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care

A returning charity from 2012, Marie Curie Nurses provide free care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes and in the charity’s nine hospices.

They have also recently launched the Marie Curie Helper service. Marie Curie Helpers are trained volunteers who provide invaluable companionship and emotional support, as well as practical help, to people with terminal illnesses, in their own homes and completely free of charge.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 207994 (Scotland): SC038731

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs

Every hour, someone in the UK loses their sight and Guide Dogs is there to support them every single step of the way.

180,000 people with sight loss rarely leave home alone. Guide Dogs offers services to tackle this issue, empowering people who are blind or partially sighted to live life as they choose. This includes the guide dog service, My Guide volunteer guides and Buddy Dogs for children. As part of the Guide Dogs family, Blind Children UK provides practical and emotional support for children with sight loss, and their families.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 209617 (Scotland): SC038979

WellChild

There are thousands of children and young people in the UK living with a long-term or complex health condition.

WellChild is the national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for all these children and their families wherever they are and whenever they need it.

They aim to help children out of long-term hospital care, and into their own homes through the care and attention of their UK-wide team of WellChild Nurses who provide practical and emotional support. They give these families the tools and support they need to deal with their child’s illness both in the hospital and back at home once they've returned.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 289600 (Scotland): SC045010

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust’s vision is a future where young people’s lives don’t stop because they have cancer.

They bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts, alongside people their own age, in an environment designed just for them - giving them the best quality of life and the greatest possible chance of survival.

Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses and Youth Support Coordinators ensure that young people and their families receive the personalised, specialist care and emotional support they need. They are the only charity in the UK dedicated to making this happen.

They also educate and empower young people in schools and colleges across the UK with knowledge about cancer, its signs and symptoms and possible prevention.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 1062559 (Scotland): SC039757

Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives

A returning charity from 2012, Together for Short Lives is the leading charity for UK children’s hospices.

5They support those who help, love and care for the 49,000 children and young people who are unlikely to reach adulthood. They work with the UK’s 52 children’s hospice services and a range of other services across the country so that every child, young person and their family has the best possible care and support whenever and wherever they need it.

Children’s hospices offer a lifeline to families, helping ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances to cope with the challenges of daily life. From the moment of diagnosis, for whatever life holds, they help to ensure families make the most of their precious time together.

Registered Charity Number (England & Wales): 1144022 (Scotland): SC044139

About Text Santa

About Text Santa

Text Santa is ITV’s annual charity fundraiser appeal, raising money and awareness for six UK based charities each year.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people in the UK by inspiring, engaging and empowering the nation to make a difference at Christmas time.

We are proud to say that 100% of donations made by our viewers are evenly distributed to our 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 our corporate giving, and not from our corporate partners or your contributions.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has got involved to date for their brilliant support and help in raising almost £10 million for charity.

For more information about Text Santa visit our appeal site. For more information on where your money goes see our frequently asked questions.