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STV Appeal raises £2,510,002 for Scotland’s children living in poverty

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Live on STV, Lorraine Kelly has revealed the fantastic total of £2,510,002 raised for the STV Appeal 2013.
 
The finale programme, STV Appeal 2013 The Big Live, brought together celebrities and fundraisers who have made the STV Appeal 2013 an overwhelming success. Presented by Lorraine Kelly from Pacific Quay in Glasgow, with live music from Hue and Cry and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the programme was packed with live entertainment including celebrity appearances and inspiring fundraising stories from live STV Appeal events across the country.
 
Co-presenters Sanjeev Kohli and Michelle McManus joined Lorraine in Glasgow, with links to Andrea Brymer in the Aberdeen studio, Gordon Chree in Edinburgh and Nicola McAlley in Inverness.
 
Cheques from all the major fundraising challenges, including freshnlo Pedal for Scotland, Mark Beaumont’s Highland Line Challenge and An Audience with Sir Alex Ferguson, were presented across the country with Lorraine Kelly bringing the evening to a close by revealing how much the STV Appeal 2013 has raised so far.
 
The STV Appeal raises money for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty.
 
Lorraine Kelly, presenter and STV Appeal trustee, said: "It has been a fantastic evening here at STV and the perfect way to celebrate the fundraising efforts of this year's STV Appeal. The incredible amount of money raised tonight and throughout the campaign will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. A huge thanks to everyone who has given generously to this hugely important cause. There is still time to donate for the STV Appeal, so please keep giving!"
 
Sir Tom Hunter, STV Appeal trustee, said: "This is an outstanding result. We asked the Scottish people to stand up against child poverty and they answered emphatically. No-one in Scotland believes we cannot rid ourselves of this appalling blight and thanks to this Appeal we go one step closer in a long march to doing so.
 
"The Scottish Government's commitment to this has been outstanding as has STV and their entire staff - a huge thank you to them all for shining a light on this horrendous problem, a problem we can and will fix."
 
Garreth Wood, Trustee of the Wood Family Trust, said: “Witnessing first-hand the support the STV Appeal has received from across Scotland has been overwhelming. To think that 220,000 children in Scotland are still living in poverty right now - in 2013 – is incredibly distressing. Meeting some of the inspirational young people tonight who have been affected by this really highlights the key role that local charities play in supporting young people and their families. With the help of individuals, communities, and businesses this fantastic total will go a long way in helping tackle the poverty crisis facing so many of Scotland’s children. We, the Wood Family Trust, also hope that our involvement and contribution will make a difference to the lives of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.”
 
Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV, said: “This has been a brilliant night of live TV, first class entertainment and, of course, fundraising for the STV Appeal.
 
“The STV Appeal is committed to investing in projects that will make a real difference in their lives and the amazing total of £2,510,002 will go a long way to achieving this. We could not have done this without the support of local communities, corporate fundraisers and STV viewers and we would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously to this year’s STV Appeal.”
                                          
Donations to STV Appeal 2013 can be made by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/stvappeal/Donate    
 
 
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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
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv