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Sean Batty sets off on 'Highland Fling' for STV Appeal

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STV’s Sean Batty, Scotland's favourite weatherman, will set off on a four day fundraising trip this month to raise money for the STV Appeal. 
 
The Sean Batty Highland Fling will see Sean travel to Inverness, Fort William and Oban, where a string of fun and demanding fundraising challenges will await him.
 
Travelling and living in an unmissable tartan camper van, Sean will be joined by his trusted friend, Jock the dog, on a quest to raise as much as possible for children living in poverty in Scotland.
 
Along the way, Sean will meet local people, schools and community groups who have all done their bit to raise money for the STV Appeal, and STV’s cameras will capture all the fun for an Appeal programme later this year.
 
On Thursday 19 June, Sean will make his way from Glasgow to Inverness, stopping off at Abbeyfield sheltered housing in Nairn to take part in a fundraising knit-a-thon. In the evening, Sean will take on a fundraising challenge at the Loch Ness Brewery in Drumnadrochit before hosting the brewery fundraising pub quiz.
 
On Friday 20 June, Sean will kick off another day of fundraising at Simpsons Garden Centre in Inverness, where he will work alongside the on-site bakers from 5.30am before selling his own home baking. Sean will then drive his camper van to the Clansmen Hotel in Brackla and the Penta Hotel in Inverness to meet staff who have worked hard to raise money for the STV Appeal. On Friday evening, Sean will join in with the cast of High School Musical by Performers UK at Culloden Academy in Inverness, where the audience might even spot him on stage.
 
Sean’s next stop is Fort William, where he will face the toughest challenge of the weekend on Saturday 21 June - climbing the mighty Ben Nevis. He will be joined by colleagues from STV and a team from sponsors RES, as well as local guides from Great Glen Adventures.
 
The journey ends in Oban on Sunday 22 June where more challenges and fundraising await. En route, Sean will meet pupils from Lochnell Primary in Benderloch who have been fundraising for the Appeal. On arrival in Oban, Sean will visit the Oban Bowling Club before heading to the Lorne Highland Games for a game of Tug o War and the brand new STV Appeal Haggis Hurl competition.
 
Sean Batty said: “I’m looking forward to taking on another challenge to help raise money for children living in poverty in Scotland. Over the last three years I’ve cycled the Northern Isles, Western Isles and from Glasgow to Edinburgh twice to raise money for the STV Appeal. After clocking up over 400 miles in the last few years, I thought I would give myself some new challenges!
 
“This month I’ll be travelling the beautiful Highlands in a camper van and I look forward to taking on some exciting challenges along the way. Amongst other things I will be climbing Ben Nevis - I haven’t been hill waking since I was a teenager! I hope people along the route get involved and fundraise for the STV Appeal to help us make 2014 our best year yet.”
 
Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said: “The Appeal is now in its fourth year and Sean has been a fantastic ambassador for the cause since the very start. It’s so encouraging to see communities across Scotland lend their support to the STV Appeal, and I hope people in the Highlands get behind Sean’s efforts this month and help fight child poverty right here in Scotland.”
 
In September, Sean will continue his fundraising efforts for the STV Appeal by taking part in the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland cycling challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
 
Sean Batty’s Highland Fling is sponsored by renewable energy developers, RES.
 
Simon Peltenburg, RES’ Head of Development in Scotland, said: “RES is extremely proud to be involved in the STV Appeal 2014.  The Appeal provides much needed support to young people across Scotland and it is a fantastic cause to get behind.  We are very excited to be supporting Sean Batty’s Highland Fling and our team are looking forward to joining him for his Ben Nevis Challenge.”
 
Do you live in Inverness, Fort William or Oban? If your school, business or community group would like to get involved with Sean's Highland Fling and help raise funds for the STV Appeal, please get in touch with Ami Anderson on ami.anderson@stv.tv.
 
To support Sean's fundraising challenge and make a donation to the STV Appeal, visit Sean's JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/seanbatty2014
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv