Pizza store helps raise charity cash

Staff and customers at a Cramlington pizza shop has helped to raise £300 for charity.

The Pizza Party at Papa John’s at the Brockwell Centre saw free pizzas handed out to the first 100 people that came through the doors and, for a donation, guests also received an ITV Text Santa badge.

Papa John’s set a minimum donation of £3 for the pizzas with all the money going to the appeal. The store is also donating 50p from all XXL pizzas sold during the festive period.

In keeping with the seasonal spirit, staff at the store donned their festive jumpers as part of the appeal’s message of asking everyone to do their ‘bit in a Christmas knit’.

Store manager Malcom Rendall said: “ITV’s Christmas charity appeal, Text Santa, aims to give hope to those families facing difficult times this Christmas, so we were really proud to play our part. I’m also hugely grateful to our customers for their generous support and donations.”

ITV’s Text Santa appeal ITV stars, including Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden and Paddy McGuinness, celebrate Christmas Jumper Day in a three-hour TV spectacular on Friday.

Money raised will go towards funding nurses and other essential workers so people affected by cancer get the support they need, granting wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions and transforming children’s lives here and abroad to give hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.

For more information on how to get involved in Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day, visit

To give £5, text SANTA5 to 70760, or to give £10, text SANTA10 to 70760.