Ho Ho Ho! Text Santa 2013 is coming to town.
Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley & Paddy McGuinness will take separate shifts presenting/fooling around as ITV fundraising Christmas fun returns for another year on Friday 20 December 2013.
Residents of Weatherfield will team up with The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan in – you guessed it – a special spin on the famously sweary Christmas song (with some other guests along the way!) while Emmerdale fans can look forward to the cast in their own sketch.
Take Me Out (I know I know, you hardly know me…) will have a special segment which will see older contestants hopefully find their perfect match – although I think Fernandos may be a bit cold this time of year.
Also featuring will be the cast of The Big Reunion and various other celebrity messages will appear throughout the evening. All profits from the sale of the record sung will be given to the Text Santa charities.
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Text Santa is using its head for a special day of fund raising on Friday, December 20. “Hats on Display for ‘Hattitude Day’,” is the message to anyone who joins in the fun by wearing a hat to work, college or school, and donating £1 to Text Santa.
Throughout the Text Santa entertainment extravaganza, there’ll be emotional, true-life films from the six UK based charities that will share the funds that are raised – Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.
Ant & Dec have helped design this year’s special Text Santa Christmas Hats and Paul O’Grady has emerged from his hit ‘…For the Love of Dogs’ series to design a hat for dogs. These, and children’s Text Santa hats, as well as a range of Text Santa merchandise will be available across the UK at Morrisons, one of the appeal partners.
Viewers will be able to make donations throughout the appeal via text; thanks to Text Santa partner Vodafone by using their JustTextGiving service, which ensures 100% of your donation goes directly to Text Santa and lets you add Gift Aid easily. Vodafone will also be operating the landline technology on the night, and taking calls if viewers want to donate by phone. Text Santa’s banking partner, Santander will be getting behind the appeal by taking donations in their 1,200 branches as well as offering this year’s ‘must have’ Christmas accessory, the Text Santa character pin badges, Hollie, Rudy and Tinsel. Donations can also be made online at itv.com/textsanta.
Launched today is the Text Santa Fundraising pack which is available online at http://www.textsanta.co.uk. It includes information on how to get involved, by showing your ‘Hattitude’ while raising money for Text Santa, and helping the charities help someone near you.