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Celebrities dance their socks off for the STV Appeal 2012

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John Michie (Coronation Street / Taggart), Pamela Stephenson (Shrink Wrap / Strictly Come Dancing) and stand up comedian Bruce Devlin have signed up to a toe tapping, foot flicking, hip hopping and energy fuelled 12 hour dance marathon in aid of the STV Appeal 2012.
 
On Saturday 18 August, the celebrities will take to the dance floor of the Glasgow Hilton and dance their socks off to raise money for children affected by poverty in Scotland.  You can also join in the fun and dance with the stars for this very worthwhile cause. The event will be hosted by Michelle McManus.
 
If you’d like to dance with John, Pamela, and Bruce, there are still places available. Email dance.marathon@stv.tv for further information on how to get involved. To support the celebrities in their ultimate dancing challenge, please visit the STV Appeal website and donate as much as you can to help the thousands of children in Scotland living in poverty www.stv.tv/appeal
 
As part of this amazing event, the celebs will be joined by up to 1000 fellow dancers, who will keep them company for three hour stints each.  Dance companies across Scotland are taking part, and other celebrities including some of the cast from River City will also get their dancing shoes on for this great cause.  
 
Instructors from YDance will lead the dance marathon with a different dance style every hour.  To see exactly what dances will be performed on the day, visit www.stv.tv/appeal. The event will be filmed for a week of special Appeal programming on STV airing the first week in September.
 
John Michie, whose wife is a choreographer and was a dancer for Hot Gossip, has been training as much as possible in between his busy Coronation Street schedule. 
He said:  “I was shocked to hear that 220,000 children in Scotland live in poverty.  I think such a shocking statistic, especially in a country the size of Scotland is unacceptable, and there’s clearly much that needs to be done.  That's why I'm delighted to support the STV Appeal 2012 and to help raise as much money as possible.
 
“I’ve been known to cut a few moves on the dance floor in my time but I'm no Fred Astaire, so I'll need all the support I can get to keep me going.  Please sponsor me, make my blisters worthwhile and help the STV Appeal.  Every penny that I raise will stay in Scotland and make a real difference.”
 
Pamela, who consistently impressed the judges on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, has been training hard to ensure she completes the marathon in style.
 
She said: “I am so much looking forward to taking part in the STV Appeal Dance Marathon. My love of dance has gone from strength to strength since appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, and when I was approached to do this to help raise money for children in Scotland who live in poverty I couldn’t refuse. I'll be dancing my favourite social dance, the Brazilian dance, Lambazouk! Please sponsor me for this very worthwhile cause and fingers crossed.” 
 
Comedian Bruce Devlin added: “I'm always trying to lose a few pounds and the Dance Marathon seemed the ideal way to RAISE a few pounds in the process! I'm going to do the whole thing and can't wait to bust a few moves in such esteemed company.
“Me and my faithful wee dog Smidgen were great champions of Pamela Stephenson's when she was on Strictly, so I’m thrilled that she's involved. I'm incredibly proud and grateful to be supporting the STV Appeal, such a worthwhile cause. Please sponsor me and help raise as much money as possible to help children in Scotland who need it most. Thank you.”

To support our celebrities, please make a donation to their justgiving pages here www.stv.tv/appeal
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
Lauren Ferson
0141 300 3290 / 07803 970 143
lauren.ferson@stv.tv

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv