How your Text Santa donations helped last year

ITV's Text Santa appeal is back. Credit: ITV

It's that time of year again, ITV's Text Santa which raises money for good causes is back. On the 18th of December, or Christmas Jumper Day, there'll be a star-studded spectacular here on ITV.

Last year the Alzheimer’s society received a share of the donations. The money was split between funding Dementia Support Workers and to develop a new programme for younger people with dementia.

Derek Wilding is a Dementia Support Worker based in Ipswich. He offers both the practical and emotional support that people affected by dementia may need after diagnosis. From signposting people to services and providing information about dementia, he helps people affected by the condition to maintain their independence, and improve their sense of well-being. He also organises monthly groups to bring people together.

Dementia and Alzheimer's support group Credit: ITV News Anglia

Jennifer Sivyer was diagnosed with a combination of Dementia and Alzheimer's disease when she was just 57. Derek convinced her to attend the group.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that at least 42,000 people with dementia are under the age of 65, much higher than previously thought. As well as funding dementia support workers, the money raised is being used to develop a programme specifically for younger people with dementia.

The charities being supported this year are Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish Foundation and Save the Children.

This year's charities Credit: ITV News