17 November 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, these fantastic sparkly Text Santa charity pin badges are the perfect seasonal accessory to jazz up your favourite festive outfits, with 100% of the proceeds going to support three deserving charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children.
The santa-sational badges in the shape of Christmas jumpers are available from the end of November in various outlets across the UK including Heron Foods, Papa John’s and Hobbycraft, for a suggested donation of just £1. They come in a range of colours - green, red, silver and blue.
There’s also snow reason not to pick up these wonderful white, red, blue and green wristbands featuring Text Santa’s rallying cry – ‘Do your bit in a Christmas knit’ – encouraging everyone to get involved in Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 18 December. The wristbands are exclusively available or the same suggested donation of £1 from Argos and Homebase stores.
Text Santa is an annual Christmas appeal by ITV which starts with a bang on 1 December leading up to the big Christmas Jumper Day (on 18 December) and encourages the public to take part in a series of festive fundraising activities throughout December.
Fundraising activities this year include taking part in a Text Santa Christmas Quiz and signing up for a 5k or 10k run in a Santa suit.
The appeal will culminate in a live three-hour TV spectacular on ITV which will showcase the work of the three charities and highlight how they help bring hope to families in difficulty at Christmas. A star-studded cast will encourage the public to donate to Text Santa by text, phone and online.
The Text Santa appeal hopes to inspire a whole army of fundraisers to raise more money than ever before. The money raised will go towards funding nurses and other essential workers so people affected by cancer get the support they need; granting wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions and transforming children’s lives here and abroad to give hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.
Text Santa is now in its fifth year and has so far raised over £21million for UK charities. 100% of the money will be shared equally amongst the Text Santa charities going directly to support their vital work. All donations to Save the Children’s international work will be matched pound for pound by the UK government up to £5 million.
Last year, thanks to the public’s fantastic generosity, the money raised through Text Santa helped to provide 45,000 hours of specialist care to help young people fight cancer, support over 3,600 people suffering from dementia, and provide 51,650 hours of care to children and their families.
Notes to Editors:
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About ITV Text Santa Appeal
ITV Text Santa is ITV’s annual fundraising appeal aimed at giving hope at Christmas by raising money and awareness for selected charities and causes. Since 2011 more than £21 million has been raised in support of 22 different charities.
The appeal will run from the beginning of December and will encourage the public to take part in a series of festive fundraising activities. It will culminate in an evening of television entertainment on Friday 18 December, which will showcase the work of the three 2015 charities and highlight how they bring hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.
Text Santa is part of ITV’s Corporate Responsibility strategy which aims to leverage our reach for the benefit of our communities, whether through raising awareness of issues, recruiting volunteers or raising money for charity. In 2015, ITV contributed over £15 million through cash and in-kind contributions to help charities and causes. In addition to this, the public helped raise a further £12 million through our appeals and campaigns to support their vital work in the UK and abroad. For more information on ITV’s Corporate Responsibility agenda, and the Text Santa appeal specifically, visit www.itvresponsibility.com
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support believes that no-one should face cancer alone. There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today. As Britain’s leading cancer support charity, we know that cancer can take over your whole life and the lives of those around you. That’s why our Macmillan nurses and other professionals work tirelessly to help individuals and their families with expert medical, practical, financial and emotional support at a time when it is needed the most. Macmillan is committed to providing expert care and support throughout cancer treatment and beyond, helping everyone affected by cancer take back control of their lives.
For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk
or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm).
Registered charity number: England and Wales 261017, Scotland SC039907 and the Isle of Man 604.
About Make-A-Wish® UK
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-limiting illnesses and over 1,000 of them will turn to Make-A-Wish this year. We want to grant a wish to every eligible child, but can’t do that without the generosity of the public. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
Registered charity number: 295672, Scotland SC037479
About Save the Children
Save the Children works in more than 120 countries, including the UK. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. We run world-class programmes and last year responded to 97 emergencies and reached 15.4 million children directly through our work.
All donations to Save the Children’s international work will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government up to £5 million.