After a successful five-year run during which Text Santa raised over £32 million for 25 charities, it was decided that we would bring the appeal to a close, and look at developing a new, all-year-round charitable venture for the future.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has generously helped Text Santa over the years. Your time, money and support has enabled the charities involved to make a real difference to those in difficulty.
100% of public donations have been passed onto our charities each year. Please click here to find out how your money has helped people across the country and overseas in need of support.
The difference you made in 2015
Text Santa 2015 was a Christmas Jumper bonanza, encouraging you all to Do Your Bit in a Christmas Knit – and you did, in your droves. Together we raised Text Santa’s highest-ever total, a staggering £11,000,000. Viewers and celebrities donned their Christmas jumpers throughout December, from the launch that saw Phillip Schofield popping up on ITV shows in his #PipKnit, to the live show that featured Richard Branson joining Corrie guests, Downton Abbey getting festive, and Torvill and Dean in a Ninja Warrior UK special.
The money raised is already having a positive impact, enabling our 3 chosen charities to fund vital projects.
Macmillan Cancer Support are able to provide 100,000 hours of care from Macmillan nurses to over 3,000 families, helping to ensure they don’t have to face cancer alone.
Make-a-Wish UK can grant 810 magical wishes to children, giving them and their families smiles and memories to help them through the extremely difficult times they’re facing.
Save the Children have put the funding towards four projects: Reaching at least 88,048 of underprivileged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); 441 Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! grants, supporting children growing up in poverty across the UK; 17 cycles of Families and Schools Together in their FAST project, strengthening the home learning environment for over 700 children in the UK; Rebuilding earthquake affected communities in Nuwakot, Nepal, reaching over 59,000 families.