A PIZZA store in Sale has thrown its support behind ITV’s festive fundraiser and is inviting people to join in the goodwill as it plans a pizza party for 100 pizza lovers.

The money raised by the Papa John’s store on 388 Washway Road will be donated to ITV’s Christmas charity appeal, Text Santa, which gives hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.

This year, the appeal is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children.

The ITV Text Santa Pizza Party will take place at the Papa John’s store on December 1, from 12pm - 5pm. The first 100 customers to come through the doors will receive a free pizza and enjoy Papa John’s ‘better ingredients. better pizza’ philosophy.

Guests will be able to choose from either a small cheese and tomato or pepperoni pizza, and for a donation may also receive an ITV Text Santa badge. Papa John’s is setting a minimum donation of £3 for the pizzas with all the money going to charity.

The store will also be donating 50p from all XXL pizzas sold during the festive period as the company aims to raise thousands of pounds for ITV’s Text Santa.

Store manager, , said: “ITV’s Text Santa is a fantastic appeal that raises awareness about an important issue in a fun and friendly way. We’re delighted that we can play a part in this national appeal.

“The team will also be wearing their favourite festive jumpers as part of the appeal’s theme of doing their bit in a Christmas knit.”

ITV’s Text Santa appeal sees the stars of ITV, including Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, and Paddy McGuinness, celebrate Christmas Jumper Day in a three-hour TV spectacular on December 18.