Wear your Christmas jumper and donate to Text Santa

This Friday (18 December) people across the nation will be wearing their favourite knit with pride for Christmas Jumper Day and donating to Text Santa.

There's still time to sign up for fundraising kit. If you order a postal pack it may not arrive in time for the big day – but don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get all your resources by email too.

By doing your bit in a Christmas knit you'll be helping three amazing charities give hope to families in difficulty at Christmas. Your donations will help:

Macmillan Cancer Support make sure people affected by cancer and their families don't have to face it alone

Make-A-Wish UK grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions

Save the Children do whatever it takes to help children survive and thrive.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our great fundraising ideas

What is #PipKnit?

Phillip Schofield is invading every ITV show from 6am until 10pm today (Tuesday 1 December) and you could win a prize if you manage to spot him.

Phillip’s #PipKnit challenge for Text Santa will see him popping up in a Christmas knit for blink-and-you-miss-it appearances in shows including Emmerdale, The Chase and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

If you're eagle-eyed enough to see him, just tweet #Pipknit to @ITVTextSanta within 10 minutes of his appearance for the chance to be entered into a draw to win tickets to Text Santa on 18 December. For full terms visit itv.com/terms

So, what are you waiting for? Get spotting Phillip.

And make sure you keep checking our advent calendar throughout the day where we'll be sharing some exclusive behind-the-scenes content from Phillip's appearances.

Do you want to do your bit in a Christmas knit? Register here for a fundraising kit packed full of great ideas.

Thousands take part in Do It For Charity Text Santa Run

Thousands of you pulled on your finest Santa suit and raced through London's Victoria Park last Sunday in aid of this year's Text Santa.

The event raised money for our three 2015 charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children.

Some ran, some jogged and some even jingled all the way - but everyone had a great day supporting the appeal.

Want to do your bit in a Christmas knit? Sign up here for a fundraising pack for Text Santa.

It's a record breaker!

The fourth annual Text Santa appeal has been our most successful ever, increasing the total raised by a massive 20% from 2013.

With the help George Clooney’s role in a specially-written sketch of Downton Abbey and Phillip Schofield’s record-breaking 24 hours round-the-clock presenting - and of course your very generous donations - Text Santa 2014 has raised a whopping £6.2 million for our six UK-based charities.

And the fundraising isn't over yet: don't forget you can still donate until January 31 either online or by visiting a branch of Santander.

This year’s fundraising means that Text Santa's six charities - Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives - will receive a cheque for more than £1,000,000. The first instalment has already been paid to the charities (the rest will be paid by April), which means that already YOUR donations are changing people's lives.

Since 2011, Text Santa has now raised more than £21 million for charities in the country, and since ITV covers all the operational costs, 100% of all donations goes direct to the people who need it.