Text Santa’s first year was a huge success, bringing the UK together on Christmas Eve to help those in need across the country. Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley kicked off the festivities with a launch show in early December, and the main event, fronted by Holly Willoughby and Ant and Dec, was an evening of Christmas sparkle and powerful charity messages that brought home what the appeal was all about.
Thanks to you, a whopping £4.2million was raised for our chosen charities. The generous donations helped in invaluable ways.
The Samaritans were able to answer an additional 180,000 calls for help from people with nowhere else to turn.
Local hospices in every corner of the UK used the money raised to provide pain relief, home care, therapies and family support to seriously ill people.
3,200 homeless men and women were given hot meals and access to much needed healthcare at Crisis’ Christmas centres across the country, helping them at a particularly vulnerable time of year.
Carers UK were able to run Advice and Information services for three years with the money from Text Santa, as well as launching a telephone support service, responding throughout the life of the funding to over 754,000 carers in need of emotional support and advice.
The Noah’s Ark Appeal bought a hydrotherapy pool and equipped a new critical care unit to provide the best possible treatment for vulnerable and seriously ill children in Wales.
RVS provided festive celebrations for older people in Oxfordshire, Wales and Scotland, and gave 7,620 hot meals through Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year to people in need. They also funded visits to older people through their Good Neighbours scheme to help them feel less lonely over the festive period.
Text Santa helped to fund accommodation next to Great Ormond Street Hospital so that parents and families could spend Christmas with their children who were too ill to be able to be at home for the holidays.
Helping Hand used the money donated to them to give sick children in Belfast access to technology, enabling them to have a more pleasant and bearable stay in hospital.
Yorkhill Children’s Foundation funded projects within the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, including vital equipment in the neonatal unit, and brought a specialised music teacher to the hospital for a year to help children use music as creative therapy during a difficult time. They also hosted a Christmas party, bringing priceless smiles and laughter to the wards.