Lorraine Kelly announces 24-hour Ceilidh Challenge route

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Lorraine Kelly has today announced the official route for her 24-hour ceilidh challenge in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal. Beginning on Friday 11th September, the challenge will see Lorraine do-si-doing her way around the country from Dundee to Edinburgh.
After the success of last year’s Shimmy across Scotland, which raised £100,000 for the Appeal, Lorraine will be joining ceilidhs and visiting groups across Scotland over the 24-hour period. With the support of her friend Maxine Jones and sponsor Optical Express, Lorraine will be dancing to raise money to help children living in poverty across Scotland.
Lorraine Kelly, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal 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 truly deserving cause. I’m delighted with the response to this year’s 24-hour ceilidh already. We’ve had groups including the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and Girlguiding Scotland signing up to host their own fundraising events and I’m looking forward to dropping in and having a wee dance with as many of the schools, organisations and individuals getting behind the Appeal as I possibly can over the non-stop 24-hours.”
The ceilidh extravaganza begins in Dundee at 2pm on Friday 11th September and the route will visit the following towns and cities:
Friday 11th September
East Whitburn
Saturday 12th September
Lorraine Kelly’s Ceilidh Challenge will conclude in Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh at 1:30pm on Saturday 12th September with a family friendly celebration for the final hour of ceilidh dancing.
Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Children’s Appeal said: “We are thrilled Lorraine will be embarking on another exciting fundraising challenge this year. With support from local communities, the RSCDS and sponsor Optical Express, we are sure Lorraine’s 24 hour ceilidh will help make a real difference to the lives of children and young people affected by poverty.”
To mark the occasion, the RSCDS has devised a bespoke ceilidh dance for Lorraine (Kelly’s Kaper) and have signed up to support Lorraine’s challenge, with branches and dance clubs throughout Scotland, England and as far as Singapore hosting events in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal.
Jim Healy, Chairman of the RSCDS said:  “Lorraine is taking on a fantastic challenge for the STV Children’s Appeal and we are very excited to do what we do best and take to the dance floor to support her. The STV Children’s Appeal is working hard to make a real difference for children affected by poverty in Scotland, and this is a great opportunity for RSCDS branches and groups not only in Scotland, but further afield, to support this important cause."

Optical Express will be supporting Lorraine Kelly’s Ceilidh Challenge.
David Moulsdale, Chairman and Chief Executive of Optical Express, said: “We can’t wait to see Lorraine dance her way across the country and we look forward to undertaking our own fundraising challenges throughout our network of Optical Express clinics in Scotland to support this fantastic cause.”
If you’re an individual or group that would like to get involved with Lorraine Kelly’s Ceilidh Challenge in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal please get in touch with Ami Anderson on
To support Lorraine’s fundraising challenge and make a donation to the STV Children’s Appeal, visit Lorraine’s JustGiving page on:
For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 
Gemma Higlett
0141 300 3296