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Here comes Text Santa! We're very excited to reveal that Alesha Dixon has joined our line-up of presenters this year for another three-hour Christmas charity appeal extravaganza on Friday 19 December.

This year's Text Santa is bigger than ever, with live music from your favourite chart-toppers, the cast of Corrie as you've never seen them before, a Christmassy version of The Cube and a very special appearance by one George Clooney all lined up.

Alesha will join Paddy McGuinness, Ant and Dec, and Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, with each duo presenting an hour of the non-stop fun we've got in store to help raise awareness and those all-important donations for our six charities.

We've already raised £15million since Text Santa started back in 2011, and we need your help to make that figure even higher - so get the 19th December in your diary now!

I hope everyone digs deep and joins in the fun with me and the rest of the gang on December 19

– Text Santa presenter Alesha Dixon

It's official: Clooney's coming to Downton!

George Clooney will make a guest appearance with Downton Abbey

Credit: Downton Abbey

Hollywood star George Clooney will make a guest appearance with Downton Abbey for Text Santa. The specially-written sketch has already been filmed and will appear in December along with many other exciting surprises in Text Santa, ITV's annual charity appeal. Stay tuned for more details about the three hour entertainment extravaganza - coming soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news here at itv.com/textsanta!

Share a Christmas Story for Text Santa

Text Santa and CITV are launching a brand new competition called Share a Christmas Story!

A festive version of CITV’s original Share a Story competition, youngsters will be asked to write a short story involving Santa and the theme of sharing at Christmas. This is the first of many exciting ways to get involved and show your support for Text Santa this year!

The winning story will be animated and shown on both CITV & online. All stories must be received by 26th September and you need to be 5-12 years old to enter. To find out how to enter click here, and don’t forget to ask your guardian’s permission before taking part.

Find out more about CITV's Share a Christmas story competition

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

Applications are now closed!

Text Santa is a great platform for charities to showcase their services and the practical support they offer in their communities, as well as connecting them with a huge audience of potential supporters.

Text Santa: 2014

Text Santa is back for 2014!

Did you know we have raised nearly £15 million for UK charities since our unique appeal started four years ago?

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening the application process for this year's charities from midday on Monday 24th February and will be open for two weeks.

Please see www.textsanta.co.uk for further details