Nicholas McDonald fuelled by Tunnock's for STV Appeal cycle

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Scottish star of The X-Factor, Nicholas McDonald took a break from training for September’s Pedal for Scotland cycling event to sample some freshly made treats at the Tunnock's factory in Uddingston.
The family run bakery is supporting Nicholas' cycling challenge with a £5,000 sponsorship to boost his fundraising for the STV Children's Appeal, the event’s official charity partner.
While Nicholas, whose dad and grandparents used to work for Tunnock’s, isn't the first in his family to visit the Tunnock's factory, he is the first to bring a bike!
Nicholas, from Motherwell, said: "I'm so honoured to be able to support the STV Children’s Appeal again this year and help raise funds for children throughout Scotland that need our help. In just over six weeks’ time, I will be participating in the Pedal for Scotland event cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh and hoping to raise as much money as I can for the appeal.
“I am so grateful to Tunnock's who have agreed to sponsor me for the event, a company that both my dad and my grandparents worked for. Children out there need our help so I'm hoping that you will all dig deep and give whatever you can so that we can help those less fortunate than ourselves."
Tunnock’s has been a supporter of the STV Children’s Appeal since the charity launched in 2011, committing £5,000 every year.
Fergus Loudon, Operations Director at Tunnock's, said: "We’re thrilled to once again be involved with the STV Children’s Appeal and get the opportunity to support Nicholas as he gets in the saddle for Pedal for Scotland. We really enjoyed welcoming Nicholas to our factory in Uddingston and our own team of cyclists are now in training to join him for the cycling challenge in September.”
The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty. Since it launched in 2011, the Appeal has raised £11 million, helping over 59,000 of the country’s most vulnerable children. Every pound raised for the STV Children's Appeal is spent helping charity projects and good causes in Scotland.
Pedal for Scotland, Scotland’s biggest bike event, returns for its 18th year on 11 September with three rides, catering for all ages and abilities. The event will feature the 46 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the colossal 112 mile Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh via the stunning Southern Uplands, and the Wee Jaunt Edinburgh which takes in the last 10 miles of the Classic Challenge route. Last year, Pedal for Scotland participants raised over £112,500 for STV Children's Appeal.
Nathan Kaczmarski from event organiser, Cycling Scotland, said: “We were definitely excited to hear that Nicholas and Tunnock’s are teaming up for Pedal for Scotland to raise money for a great cause with the STV Children’s Appeal, our official charity partner.  Pedal for Scotland is an amazing challenge and I’m sure that Nicholas, along with thousands of other participants, will have fun soaking up the atmosphere from Glasgow to Edinburgh as part of Scotland’s biggest bike event.“
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
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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