2012 was a bumper second year for Text Santa, with the nation throwing themselves into the fundraising spirit, running through the streets of Liverpool in Santa costumes in the Santa Dash race. The live show wowed with an array of celebs coming together to show their support. From the Emmerdale cast’s Christmas medley and Coronation Street’s extra special sketch to Rylan and Louis Walsh’s hair-raising I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! experience, Text Santa 2012 was a night to remember.
£5.5million was raised, meaning that 6 incredible charities could provide local projects and services that have made a huge difference.
Age UK used the money donated to support over 180,000 older people during the festive period, so they didn’t have to face Christmas alone, cold or hungry.
Anthony Nolan were able to recruit over 9,000 people onto the stem cell register, helping to find life-saving matches for people with blood cancer.
Carers UK supported 120,000 carers, providing practical and emotional support and somewhere to turn under challenging circumstances, helping them to overcome the isolation that can come with caring for a loved one.
Together For Short Lives used the funding to pay for a Care Assistant at each of their 49 Children’s Hospices in the UK, helping families to make the most of their precious time together.
The funds raised by Text Santa made it possible for Marie Curie nurses to provide over 43,500 hours of hands-on care to patients.
Whizz-Kidz transformed the lives of over 200 young disabled people, providing tailored mobility equipment and with it the chance to live full and active childhoods, and to pursue opportunities for a bright future. The money from Text Santa was able to clear their waiting list for equipment.