ITV Text Santa

The final total is in and Text Santa raised an incredible £6.2 million! This is the most the appeal has ever raised and means that Marie Curie will receive over £1 million for our Helper Service. A huge thank you to everyone who helped. 

Marie Curie was delighted to be chosen as one of six charities to benefit from ITV’s Christmas fundraising appeal, Text Santa.

The £1 million+ that was raised will let us fund the expansion of the Marie Curie Helper Service which currently operates in ten regions across the UK. With the money raised from Text Santa donations, we’ll open six brand new services in 2015. Thank you for all of your support.

Where your money goes

The theme of this year's appeal was 'the time of year to help those near' and Marie Curie will use the money we receive to expand the Helper service, which supports people living with a terminal illness in their own homes or in one of our nine hospices.

The Marie Curie Helper service provides invaluable companionship, emotional support and practical help to people living with a terminal illness and their carers, all completely free of charge. For up to three hours each week, people living with a terminal illness and their families can rely on the support of a dedicated, specially trained Helper volunteer who will visit them in their home.

The Helper service is not currently available in all areas of the UK but, thanks to the money raised from Text Santa, we will be able to expand the service to more areas across the country.

Marie Curie Helper stories

  • Meet Jenny and Adrienne – Adrienne helps Jenny take back control of her life and enjoy her remaining days.
  • Meet Malcolm and John – John provides Malcolm with some extremely welcome respite to his loneliness and isolation, as well as helping to find him some more appropriate accommodation.
  • Meet Nasir and Habib - Nasir was matched with Habib, a Helper volunteer, as they share similarities both culturally and with their interests.
  • Meet Stephen and Daniel - Stephen was eager to meet someone like Daniel. Someone he could freely talk to and someone who sees him as himself - not his illness.
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