Carers praised ahead of ITV Text Santa show

By Kevin Unitt Thursday 20 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 08:42

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CARERS for vulnerable people in Leamington have been praised ahead of a Christmas charity appeal being broadcast on ITV on Friday night (December 21).

The 'Text Santa' show, to be presented by the likes of Ant and Dec and Holly Willoughby, will feature live entertainment and raise awareness and money for charities supporting vulnerable people.

One of the chosen charities is Age UK, which helps care for people at Helen Ley Care Centre in Leamington.

One such recipient is Mary Morse Plummer, 68, who lives alone after the death of her husband but cannot leave the premises without help due to poor mobility.

In February she was matched with Marion Stearn from Age UK, who now visits regularly to play card games with her and also accompany her to social groups in the town.

A charity spokesperson said: “We do a lot of local work in Leamington to help improve the quality of life for older people like Mary living in the area.

“Christmas is often the most difficult time of the year for this age group, many of whom suffer from isolation and loneliness.”

Visit www.itv.com/textsanta for info on how to donate to the Text Santa appeal.

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