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Sean Batty cycling from coast to coast in STV Appeal challenge

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The STV weatherman takes on 168 mile cycling challenge from Tarbert to Dunbar to help fight child poverty.  Sean Batty will set off on a four day fundraising trip in June to raise money for the STV Appeal. 

The Sean Batty Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge will see Scotland's favourite weatherman undertaking another gruelling cycle challenge, cycling over 250km from Tarbert to Dunbar, coast to coast across Scotland.

In each town he passes, Sean will be looking to meet STV Appeal fundraisers in the local community and get as many supporters involved in helping raise as much money as possible for children affected by poverty in Scotland.  STV’s cameras will be there to capture all the activity for an STV Appeal programme later in the year.

Itinerary:

Wed 10 June:  Tarbert

Thurs 11 June:  Tarbert, Arran, Lochranza, Sannox, Corrie, Brodick, Ardrossan

Fri 12 June:  Ardrossan, Kilmarnock, Eaglesham, Strathaven, Lesmahagow

Sat 13 June:  Lesmahagow, Lanark, Carnwrath, Balerno, Edinburgh

Sun 14 June:  Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Gullane, North Berwick, Dunbar

Sean has been a long time supporter and fundraising hero for the STV Appeal.  In the past Sean has cycled across the Western Isles, Northern Isles, competed in highland games, sporting events, baking contests, taken part in community challenges and climbed Ben Nevis, all in aid of the STV Appeal. On all of his past challenges he has been joined by incredible supporters from communities all over Scotland, and this year Sean is looking to meet many more fundraising champions to help him on his way.

Sean Batty said:  “This is year five of the STV Appeal and I’m looking forward to yet another challenge, and this year I’m back in the saddle.  In previous challenges I’ve cycled the Western Isles, Northern Isles and from Glasgow to Edinburgh three times, clocking up over 400 miles.

“I will be taking that mileage to over 500 with a cycling challenge from Tarbert in Argyll, to Dunbar in East Lothian.  The journey will take me across the water to the north of Arran, through Ardrossan, Kilmarnock, Lanark, Edinburgh, Gullane and North Berwick.  I’m hoping, as in previous years that we get lots of schools, organisations, businesses and individuals involved along the way with their own fundraising events which I can visit.  It is always good to get a wee break and a wee cuppa along the way.”

Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said:  “Sean has been an incredible ambassador for the charity since the launch of the STV Appeal five years ago.  It has been overwhelming to see communities across Scotland come out and lend their support to the Sean and the Appeal over the years.  I hope everyone from Tarbert to Dunbar will help fight child poverty right here in Scotland and get behind Sean’s efforts in this challenge.”

There is a unique opportunity for any group across the route to get fundraising and support Sean Batty’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge plus appear as part of the programming that will air on The STV Appeal live show later in the year.  STV will be filming the visits and if you or your group would like to fundraise for the STV Appeal and invite Sean to collect your donation, you can be involved.  If your town is not mentioned above but you are near by the route and would like to be involved, contact the STV Appeal team for more information on how to join in.

Do you live in any of the communities mentioned above?  If your school, business or community group would like to get involved with Sean Batty’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge this summer 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: https://www.justgiving.com/seanbatty2015/

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For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 

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