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Lorraine Kelly and Sean Batty prepare to walk, run and cycle for STV Children's Appeal

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Lorraine Kelly, Sean Batty and a host of well known Scots including Nicholas McDonald, Andy Goram, Jennifer Reoch and Frank McAvennie are getting ready to walk, run and cycle for the STV Children's Appeal 2016, to raise money for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.
 
TV favourite Lorraine Kelly, who is a trustee of the STV Children's Appeal and has taken on many fundraising challenges for the charity in the past, will put on her tartan for the Kiltwalk walking event in Edinburgh on 18 September. Lorraine will walk 'The Big Stroll', a stunning 12 mile trek across the city.
 
Last year, Lorraine took to the dance floor in a 24 hour ceilidh extravaganza in aid of the Appeal, and in 2014 the presenter danced her way across the country in Lorraine's Shimmy across Scotland, a challenge that saw her take part in as many dance and exercise classes as she could during an intense 24 hours.
 
Lorraine said: “The STV Children’s Appeal is very close to my heart and I’m always up for a challenge to raise funds for such a deserving cause. This year I will swap my dancing shoes for my walking boots, along with some tartan of course, for Kiltwalk. I look forward to this new challenge which will help the fight against child poverty in Scotland.”
 
STV weather guru Sean Batty is pulling out all the stops for this year STV Children's Appeal, taking part in an array of fundraising events. Travelling round the country to raise money for Scotland's children, Sean will walk in all four Kiltwalk events, held in Glasgow on 24 April, Aberdeen on 5 June, Speyside on 14 August and Edinburgh on 18 September.
 
Scotland's favourite weatherman will also put on his running shoes for Great Run Edinburgh on 17 April and get in the saddle for this year's Pedal for Scotland cycling event from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
 
In total, Sean will clock up an impressive 169 miles for this year's STV Children's Appeal campaign, all to help those children in Scotland who need it the most.
 
Sean has been a long time supporter and fundraising hero for the STV Children’s Appeal, taking part in multiple cycling challenges across the Western Isles and Northern Isles, competing in highland games, sporting events, baking contests and climbing Ben Nevis to support the charity’s fight against child poverty.
 
Sean said: “In the past my physical challenges have involved walking and cycling. Up until now I’ve managed to avoid running, as it’s something I’m not great at, but I’ve decided it’s time to add it to the list. So this year I’ll be getting involved in all our big partner events, which will see me do the Great Edinburgh Run, four Kiltwalks and Pedal for Scotland. I’m looking forward to the challenges, but must admit I’m really dreading the midges!
 
“As always I am looking to get as many local communities as possible involved in fundraising. If you’re near any of the events that I’m taking part in I would love you to help me raise more money than ever before and make this a great year for Scotland’s children.”
 
A big line-up of well known Scots will join Lorraine and Sean in their mission to raise money for Scotland’s children by walking, running or cycling for the STV Children’s Appeal.
 
The X Factor’s Nicholas McDonald, rugby star Scott Hastings, former Scottish international goalkeeper Alan Rough and auctioneer Natasha Raskin will all cycle at this year’s Pedal for Scotland event, joined by Live at Five presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell.
 
Former Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram will walk the Kiltwalk events in Edinburgh and Speyside, with Scottish former football striker Frank McAvennie joining in for the Edinburgh leg.
 
Live at Five’s Hayley Matthews and her partner and son will enjoy some family fun on the Pedal for Scotland 9 mile route, The Wee Jaunt, as well as Kiltwalk’s The Wee Wander event.
 
STV North presenters Andrea Brymer, Chris Harvey, Norman Macleod, Tyrone Smith and Laura Goodwin will dress in tartan for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk event, while Nicola McAlley and Louise Cowie will join in with Kiltwalk in Speyside and Scotland Tonight presenter Rona Dougall will get her running shoes on for the Great Women’s 10k in Glasgow in June.
 
If you would like to sign up for any of this year’s events and fundraise for the STV Children’s Appeal, all the details can be found on stv.tv/appeal.
 
Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Children’s Appeal said: “We are thrilled to have such a fantastic line-up of celebrities raising funds for the Appeal this year, and we hope that people and communities all over the country will join in too. Whether you walk, run or cycle for the Appeal, or simply support Lorraine, Sean or any of the celebrities in their fundraising endeavours, you can help make a real difference to the lives of children affected by poverty right here in Scotland.”
 
If you live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Speyside and your community group, organisation or school class would like to get involved with Sean's fundraising for STV Children's Appeal 2016, please contact Ami Anderson on ami.anderson@stv.tv.   
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv
 
Richard Holligan
0141 300 3416
richard.holligan@stv.tv
 
 
Notes to editors
 
The following companies are supporting celebrities as they walk, run or cycle for the STV Children’s Appeal:
 
Nuffield Health is supporting Tyrone Smith, David Farrell and Frank McAvennie.
 
McTear’s Auctioneers is supporting Natasha Raskin.
 
 
ABOUT STV CHILDREN’S APPEAL
 
The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The money raised by the STV Children’s Appeal helps make a real difference in the lives of Scotland’s children and young people by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support for those who need it most.
 
In its first five years the Appeal has raised £11 million. This has allowed us to make 476 big and small awards to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 59,000 children.
 
The charity was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV.  In 2013, The Wood Foundation pledged its support to the Appeal for projects in the North East.
 
Every single penny raised by the STV Children’s Appeal stays in Scotland and 100% of donations are spent on the children who need it most, as all overheads are met by STV and The Hunter Foundation. In 2015, the Scottish Government once again committed to match fund the first £1m raised.
 
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