Cheryl visits The Rovers for Text Santa

Published Friday, 20 December 2013
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Pop star Cheryl Cole will be seen drinking a pint in The Rovers on Friday, in a sketch written especially for the Text Santa charity appeal.

Cheryl visits The Rovers for Text Santa
The Christmas storyline sees Cheryl Cole arrive in Weatherfield for Text Santa (© ITV)

The former Girls Aloud singer will arrive on Coronation Street's famous cobbles in search of her childhood friend Tina McIntyre.

Tracking the barmaid down at The Rovers Return, Cheryl expects to be travelling home to Newcastle with Tina for her mum's Christmas party, but, as always in Weatherfield, drama ensues and events don't go quite as planned.

Speaking about her Corrie experience, Cheryl said: "(Coronation Street) has always been part of my life; we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life."

This year Text Santa aims to raise money for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent, and Help the Hospices.

Cheryl added: "It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."

Presented by Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby and Paddy McGuinness & NI's Christine Bleakley, Text Santa will include an exclusive performance from Robbie Williams, plus many more special guests and live entertainment.

And throughout the night a host of famous faces will highlight the needs of each of this year's selected charities and demonstrate what the money raised can achieve.

Text Santa airs live on UTV on Friday 20 December from 8pm.

Viewers will be able donate throughout the night using JustTextGiving by Vodafone. The service is free on any network so 100% of the donation will go to the charities. Donations can also be made online at

The terms and conditions for the Text Santa Appeal 2013 Donation Service can be found here.

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