STV has announced a week long line-up of special programmes highlighting the work of the STV Appeal to support children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.
A series of engaging, entertaining and celebrity packed programmes will be broadcast from Friday 3 October, culminating in a star-studded live show on Thursday 9 October when host Lorraine Kelly will reveal the total sum raised for the STV Appeal 2014.
STV’s dedicated Appeal programming will celebrate the many fantastic fundraising activities taken on by celebrities and communities across Scotland this year, including Lorraine Kelly’s Shimmy across Scotland, Sean Batty’s Highland Fling and cycling challenge freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.
Viewers will also gain insight into some of the many community projects that are supported by the STV Appeal and find out how the money raised makes a real difference in the lives of Scotland’s children.
The full line-up of programming is detailed below:
STV Appeal 2014 - The Big Launch
Friday 3 October at 2000 on STV
Presented by STV’s Andrea Brymer, Friday’s launch programme kicks off a week of special programming about the STV Appeal, leading up to Thursday’s live show. Viewers will find out more about some of the many community projects across Scotland supported by the STV Appeal, and the programme looks at perceptions and attitudes surrounding child poverty in Scotland to dispel some common myths and misconceptions.
STV Appeal 2014 – Making a Difference
Monday 6 October at 2000 on STV
This year's STV Appeal documentary follows music and drama company Centrestage and its work with children and young people in and around Kilmarnock, an area suffering from high levels of unemployment and child poverty.
Run by music teacher Fiona McKenzie, Centrestage uses music and the performing arts to shine a little light into the area by empowering and giving hope to people in the community, building confidence and providing children and young people with skills to better themselves in life.
This summer, Centrestage moved into the coastal town of Ardeer, North Ayrshire. Working alongside local charity Asfact to run children's activity classes and a community choir, Centrestage is helping to build an infrastructure around the formerly isolated and detached community.
In Monday’s documentary, STV viewers will follow Fiona’s work as Centrestage puts on a major production of Starlight Express - a life changing experience for the young people involved.
STV Appeal 2014 - The Big Challenge
Wednesday 8 October at 2000 on STV
Wednesday’s hour long special celebrates the fantastic fundraising activities that have taken place across Scotland this year to raise money for children affected by poverty.
We follow Lorraine Kelly as she shimmies her way across Scotland in a 24 hour dance challenge from Glasgow to Dundee to raise money for the charity.
Cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont speaks to fundraisers along the route of this year’s freshnlo Pedal for Scotland, and we hear from presenters Sean Batty, Jennifer Reoch, David Farrell and Gordon Chree who have all done their part to help Scotland’s children.
During this special STV Appeal week, one of the editions of Scotland Tonight will shine a light on the issues of child poverty in Scotland.
STV Appeal 2014 - The Big Live
Thursday 9 October at 1930 on STV and STV Glasgow
STV Appeal 2014 will culminate with Thursday’s live show, bringing together celebrities and fundraisers to celebrate all the hard work across the STV Appeal 2014.
Presented by Lorraine Kelly from Pacific Quay in Glasgow with links to Andrea Brymer in Aberdeen, Sean Batty in Edinburgh and Nicola McAlley in Inverness, the two and a half hour show will be packed with live entertainment, celebrity appearances and inspiring fundraising stories from across the country.
Finally, Lorraine Kelly will reveal how much the STV Appeal 2014 has raised to help children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.
STV Appeal 2014 - Catch Up
Friday 10 October from 1830 on STV Glasgow
STV Glasgow’s The Riverside Show brings viewers a round-up of the week’s STV Appeal activity.
Lorraine Kelly said: “As a trustee of STV Appeal I'm excited to present the big finale of this year's fundraising campaign and have the privilege of revealing how much Scotland has raised for children in poverty. Thursday’s live show is set to be a fantastic celebration and a chance to meet some of the many generous fundraisers, big and small, from all parts of Scotland. Communities across the country have made an incredible effort to raise money for the Appeal and support our fight against child poverty. I hope viewers join me for what promises to be a brilliant night on STV.”
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “We are bringing viewers a fantastic line-up of STV Appeal programmes, including inspirational fundraising stories from across the country, celebrity challenges and a fascinating documentary about Centrestage, one of the many community projects in Scotland making a difference. The support we’re seeing from communities across Scotland is incredible, with people, groups and local businesses up and down the country getting behind the Appeal to help raise funds for Scotland’s children, and this line-up of programming is a great culmination of what we hope will be our best year yet.