This year’s fundraising means the charities will receive a cheque for more than £1million.
Since its launch in 2011, Text Santa has now raised more than £21 million, with 100% of all donations going directly to UK charities.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘It’s fantastic to hear that we have beaten last year’s fundraising total and we would like to thank ITV viewers for their enormous generosity. By 2015, 850,000 people will be living with dementia in the UK, and the funds raised will be used to support our vital Dementia Support Worker service which is so crucial for people like Paul and Lynne who featured on the show. Text Santa will enable even more people with dementia than we anticipated to receive essential one-to-one advice from our Dementia Support Workers. Funds raised will also go towards a new initiative to support younger people with dementia.’
Speaking about the money raised, Ant & Dec said:
‘Text Santa is such a great appeal and this year the British public have surpassed previous efforts with this amazing total. We love being involved with Text Santa, and this year we are delighted that each of the UK charities will receive over £1 million.’