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£1,913,080 raised for Scottish children affected by poverty

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Lorraine Kelly has revealed the STV Appeal 2012 has so far raised a grand total of £1,913,080 for children in Scotland affected by poverty.
 
The Big Live, presented by STV Appeal trustee Lorraine, brought together many of the fundraisers that helped to achieve the almost two million but there is still time to donate. The amount raised so far includes match funding from the Scottish Government who have committed to doubling the final amount raised.
 
Over 300 people descended on Pacific Quay to take part in The Big Live. Guests included the First Minister, representatives from each of the charities who will benefit from the funds, as well as fundraisers and studio guests in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness.
 
The two and a half hour show was packed with live music performances from Amy Macdonald and Manran featuring Michelle McManus, and celebrity appearances including STV’s well known faces, Sean Batty and John MacKay. Des and Jennie from Capital FM were joined by former Miss Scotland’s Jennifer Reoch and Katharine Brown, Fred MacAulay and star of hit film The Angels’ Share Paul Brannigan.
 
The live show follows months of fundraising with every penny going to help young people across Scotland affected by poverty. Celebrity endeavours to raise funds included Fred MacAulay’s West Highland Way challenge and a 12 hour dance marathon with John Michie, Pamela Stephenson and Bruce Devlin.
 
The STV Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV, and in its inaugural year raised almost £1.3m. 
 
Lorraine Kelly, presenter and STV Appeal trustee, said: "It is fantastic that the money raised from this year's STV Appeal will help even more young people in Scotland affected by poverty. A huge thanks to everyone that has given generously to this worthwhile cause."
 
Sir Tom Hunter said: "At a time of real hardship for many, the Scottish people have again dug deep for those most in need. This is a fantastic sum of money all of which will go to making a real difference to children in dire poverty - well done Scotland and please keep giving!"
 
Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV, said: “The support for the STV Appeal, now in its second year, has been overwhelming. This fantastic total has been achieved through support from businesses, communities, individuals and STV staff and will go a long way to helping children and young people across Scotland who are affected by poverty. A huge thanks to our viewers for their continued support and to everyone that has contributed to the STV Appeal so far. Please remember there is still time to donate and make a difference to the lives of Scotland's most vulnerable children.”
 
Guests from leading Scottish businesses, including Lidl, RBS, Optical Express, Captial and Shopsmart, presented their fundraising cheques along with community groups and celebrities at The Big Live.  
 
It is still possible to donate to the STV Appeal 2012. For more information or to donate visit www.stv.tv/appeal
   
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
Lauren Ferson
0141 300 3290 / 07921 494 654
lauren.ferson@stv.tv
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv