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Noah's Ark Children's Hospice is to benefit from some of the funds raised by ITV's Text Santa appeal, thanks to Together for Short Lives, one of the six national Text Santa charities for 2014.

With money still coming in, the final amount is yet to be calculated but Together for Short Lives will receive over £917,178 which will support the UK's children's hospices including Noah's Ark.

Ru Watkins, Chief Executive, Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, commented: ‘We are thrilled that the funds raised from Text Santa will benefit children and families from the North London area who are supported by us.  We are one of the 53 children's hospice services to benefit from the money donated by ITV viewers which will help support thousands of families caring for a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.’

Barbara Gelb, CEO for Together for Short Lives, said: ‘We are thrilled with the fantastic amount raised through the Text Santa appeal. Children's hospices are all charities and rely on donations to run their lifeline services for children who may not live to reach adulthood and their families. The funds raised for Together for Short Lives will help to ensure that the UK's children's hospice services can continue to deliver essential 24/7 support to families, helping them make the most of their precious time together.’

Millions of viewers watched a night to remember on ITV on Friday 19 December. The star-studded show was packed with surprises for audiences as well as six emotional films showing the work of the chosen charities featuring Holly Willoughby for Together for Short Lives.

In four years of fundraising, Text Santa has now raised £20,503,065 from ITV viewers. This year's proceeds will directly benefit six UK-based charities as 100% of all the money raised goes directly to those charities.

Visit itv.com/textsanta for more information about Text Santa.

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