Text Santa returns on UTV

Text Santa

The Time of Year to Help Those Near – Here Comes Text Santa!

Alesha Dixon joins the presenter line-up of ITV’s Text Santa for the first time this year, it was announced today.

The singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge partners Paddy McGuinness for one hour of the charity appeal extravaganza on Friday 19 December.

Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley also present a Text Santa that's bigger than ever, with chart-topping live music performances and some of the biggest names in show business. Amongst some of the treats lined up, George Clooney takes part in a specially-written scene of Downton Abbey; The Cube has a unique Text Santa twist and the stars of Coronation Street perform as we’ve never seen them before. Throughout - as this is the time of year to help those near - there’ll also be moving true-life charity films from the chosen charities. Text Santa 2014 promises three hours of non-stop entertainment, full to the brim of surprises.

The show raises money and awareness for six UK-based charities in the run-up to the big night. This year’s chosen charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.

The appeal has raised £15 million for charities since it started in 2011. All funds raised for Text Santa will be distributed equally between the six charities.

Alesha said: “I'm really excited to be joining the Text Santa team. It's a great show that does fantastic work for people we all know; as the slogan says: ‘It's The Time of Year to Help Those Near’, so I hope everyone digs deep and joins in the fun with me and the rest of the gang on Friday December 19."

Viewers can donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/textsanta.