STV Children’s Appeal raises £2,913,083 for children in Scotland living in poverty

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Lorraine Kelly has tonight (Friday 16th October) revealed that the STV Children’s Appeal has raised a grand total of £2,913,083 for children living in poverty in Scotland.
Presenters from across STV were joined by fundraisers from all over Scotland for the live finale of this year’s special STV Children’s Appeal programming to celebrate the year of fundraising and reveal the grand total.
STV weatherman Sean Batty joined Lorraine at STV’s Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow to unveil a collection of cheques presented to the STV Children’s Appeal. These came from a range of fundraising challenges including Pedal for Scotland, Lorraine Kelly’s ceilidh challenge and Sean Batty’s coast-to-coast cycle challenge.
The Riverside Show presenter Jennifer Reoch and STV Edinburgh’s Ewen Cameron presented live coverage from the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn while STV Glasgow’s David Farrell and The Fountainbridge Show host Hayley Matthews reported live from the call centre at the Optical Express offices in Glasgow and captured the excitement while phone lines were open throughout the evening.
Lorraine who is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal said:  “It has once again been a fantastic night here at STV and the perfect way to celebrate an incredible year of fundraising efforts for the STV Children’s Appeal. We have been overwhelmed by the response from the people of Scotland who always dig deep for this Appeal.
“Thank you so much to the communities, businesses and individuals who have gone that extra mile will help to fight poverty and change children's lives”
The programme also included live links to STV reporter Louise Cowie in Dundee and the STV Aberdeen office where STV reporter Andrea Brymer was joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who brought good news about the Government’s future support for the appeal.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I’m deeply touched by the people who have donated this evening and by the hard work of those involved with the Appeal.
“We shouldn’t have children living in poverty in a modern country like Scotland and it is my personal ambition to ensure that each and every child gets the best possible start in life. 
“The £8.2 million raised since the start of the STV Appeal has allowed so many excellent projects to make a real difference to people’s lives.  I want that to continue. That is why I am pleased to announce that Scottish Government are once again committing to match fund public donations up to a value of £1 million for next year’s Appeal.” 
Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal said: “It has been another incredible year for the STV Children’s Appeal thanks to individuals, local communities, corporate fundraisers and STV viewers from across the country doing what they can to raise funds for children affected by poverty in Scotland.
“The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to investing in projects in Scotland that will make a real difference to children’s lives and the £2,913,083 raised this year will go a long way in achieving this. On behalf of the STV Children’s Appeal we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to this year’s Appeal.”
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