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STV’s Sean Batty sets off on Nothern Isles Challenge

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Scotland’s favourite weatherman has taken to the saddle once again to raise money for the country’s children and young people affected by poverty.
 
Sean Batty’s challenge for the 2013 STV Appeal is to cycle 150 miles across Shetland and Orkney, raising money and meeting local people along the way. 
 
Sean will start his fundraising efforts aboard the Northlink ferry when he travels to Shetland on Friday 26th July. Arriving in Shetland on Saturday 27th July, Sean will meet locals for a coffee morning at the Havly Cafe in Lerwick followed by fundraising at the Toll Shopping Centre from 1pm. The evening’s event will be held at the Grand Hotel, including a guard of honour from the Viking Jarl Squad along Commercial Street.
 
The cycle challenge will start at Saxa Vord on Sunday 28th July with an event at Valhalla Brewery, Unst followed by a stop off at the Unst bus stop on route to Belmont. Sean will then travel to Gutcher and cycle to Toft, stopping off at Frankie’s Fish and Chip Shop in Brae before heading back to Lerwick. Monday 29th July will be spent collecting funds in aid of the STV Appeal as Sean sets off on his bike from the Grand Hotel to Sumburgh Airport before boarding the ferry to Kirkwall.
 
On Tuesday 30th July, Sean will cycle from St Magnus Cathedral with a stop at Stromness on his way to a fundraiser at Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall from 5.30pm. The 150 mile challenge will finish with a cycle from Kirkwall to Burwick, stopping off at Skerrie’s Bistro in Cleat for a final fundraiser, before Sean heads to Burwick on his way to present his weather update from Glasgow on Thursday 1st August.
 
STV weatherman, Sean Batty, said: “I've never been to Shetland and Orkney and even though I'm apprehensive about the cycle that lies ahead of me, I'm also really looking forward to seeing the Northern Isles.  We've had a great response so far from people across the islands who are going to either join me on parts of the cycle or hold a fundraising event and I imagine that more people will probably get involved while I'm there. There's some great events planned and I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone, but I must admit I'm a bit scared of meeting the Viking Jarl Squad - hopefully they'll not chase me off Shetland!
 
“Over the past two years of the STV Appeal I've clocked up around 180 cycling miles for the charity and this year I am aiming to do 200 miles, including the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland event, in just a few days. These challenges have been made so much easier by the knowledge that there are so many generous people out there that are willing to contribute towards this great charity.
 
“It has been great being part of the team that delivers the cheques to community projects across the country and seeing where the money goes. I know that the money raised for the Appeal makes such a big difference to so many young people and the best bit is all the money raised stays with us in Scotland to help our very own young people.”
 
Sean’s Northern Isles challenge is supported by Tunnock’s.
 
Fergus Loudon, operational managing director at Tunnock’s, said: “We are proud to support Sean as he takes on his two big cycling challenges, 150 mile around the Northern Isles and 47 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh, and on behalf of all at Tunnock's Biscuits we would like to wish everyone who is raising money for this year’s STV Appeal good luck. This is a very worthwhile cause and we are honoured to have been part the Appeal since it launched in 2011.”
 
Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “The people of Shetland and Orkney have really got behind Sean and there is a fantastic calendar of events taking place throughout his cycle. We are sure Sean will go the extra mile to raise money for this year’s STV Appeal and we hope the weather is on his side as he takes on this challenge.”
 
Sean’s 150 mile cycle will be captured by a film crew for an STV Appeal programme later this year. The cameras will also be following every turn of the pedal as he takes on the 47 mile freshnlo Pedal for Scotland challenge ride in aid of the official charity partner, STV Appeal.
 
To support Sean's challenge and make a donation to STV Appeal, visit Sean's JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/SeanBatty2013.
 
The STV Appeal 2013 is now underway with a host of fundraising activities and engaging programming to be rolled out throughout the year. For more information and to download a fundraising pack, go to www.stv.tv/appeal
 
For more information about STV Appeal, please contact the STV press office:
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv