STV programme reveals how Appeal helps Scotland's children

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In 2018, the STV Children's Appeal raised an incredible £2.5m for Scotland's children, thanks to the generosity and fundraising efforts of schools, communities, businesses and individuals across the country. 

In a special programme presented by STV News anchor Andrea Brymer on Friday 21st December at 2000, STV presenters Laura Boyd, Sean Batty and Chris Harvey, as well as Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell, visit some of the many projects that benefit from Appeal funding to find out how the money is making a real difference in communities across Scotland. 

STV Children’s Appeal: Where Your Money Went shines a light on the fantastic work taking place across Scotland to help children and young people affected by poverty, focusing on four projects: Heavy Sound in Edinburgh, Children's Places in Paisley, Ups & Downs in Motherwell and The Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy.

First out, Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell visits Heavy Sound which operates across Edinburgh and the Lothians, to see first-hand how the Appeal is making a difference in local communities. Heavy Sound delivers engaging music projects for young people who are identified as at-risk, disengaged with education, having experienced trauma and in areas of multiple deprivation. Ms Campbell will meet 15-year-old Amalie and 17-year-old Sandi, who have both faced significant barriers and challenges in life but have found positive ways to express themselves, address challenges and re-engage with education through their involvement with Heavy Sound.

Laura Boyd, STV News entertainment reporter, joins Paisley community project Children's Places for its annual Christmas family party and brings good news in the form of a £195,804 donation from the Appeal. Children's Places, delivered in the Glenburn area by Save the Children, tackles disadvantage on a local level to improve outcomes of children growing up in deprived communities. The project enables children, families and the wider community to shape local services and support, and to sustain improvements through shared goals and governance.

STV weather presenter Sean Batty finds out more about Ups & Downs in Motherwell, a theatre group for children and young adults with Down's syndrome. The charity enables young people from Central Scotland to come together with a shared passion for music, theatre and dance, and allows parents to make positive connections and enjoy some respite. Sean presents the charity with a £2,000 cheque from the Appeal and meets with some of the children during their final rehearsals before Christmas.

Finally, STV News presenter Chris Harvey pays a visit to The Family Cottage Centre in Kirkcaldy to present a £2,000 donation from the Appeal. The charity supports families and individuals who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems or health related issues.

STV’s Andrea Brymer said: “Here we are in our eighth year of the STV Children’s Appeal and it just keeps getting better and better! Our amazing fundraisers have left us totally blown away, yet again, by throwing their weight behind our campaign to help children living in poverty in Scotland. This year we raised a phenomenal £2.5m and it’s already making an incredible difference to projects across the country. Raising the money is great fun but actually giving it to worthy causes, and seeing how even the smallest amounts can help, is the best part of our job by far.

Natalie Wright, campaign manager of STV Children’s Appeal, said: “In this programme we highlight some of the many incredible projects that we have been able to support in 2018, thanks to the money donated to the STV Children’s Appeal by fundraisers across the country. Every donation – no matter how big or small – helps make a difference in the lives of Scotland’s young people and we are so grateful for everyone’s generosity. 

“We are now in the midst of planning another fantastic line-up of fundraising events and programming for 2019 with the continued support of communities across Scotland.” 

In eight years the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £19 million, with 1102 grants awarded to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland - providing much needed support to over 79,000 children and young people. The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes, create opportunities for training and employability, and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most. 

If you would like to help raise funds for Scotland’s children – as a group or an individual - please get in touch with Natalie Wright at


For further information, please contact the STV press office: 

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 

Katie Martin
0141 300 3109 



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 eight years the Appeal has raised over £19 million. This has allowed us to make 1102 big and small awards for projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 79,000 children and young people.

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 2017, the Scottish Government once again committed to match fund the first £1m raised.
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