Lorraine Kelly has announced that the STV Children’s Appeal 2017 has raised £2.6m for children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.
The incredible fundraising total was unveiled at the annual STV Children’s Appeal live show tonight, Friday 3 November.
Lorraine, who is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: "What a fantastic night and incredible total raised - the perfect way to celebrate another amazing year of fundraising. Once again we have all been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Scotland who always go the extra mile and dig deep for the Appeal. This money will help make a real difference in the lives in Scotland's children and young people affected by poverty.”
Presenting the show live from Glasgow,Lorraine was joined by David Farrell and Ewen Cameron with links to Sean Batty and Jennifer Reoch in Edinburgh, Andrea Brymer in Aberdeen, Louise Cowie in Dundee and Nicola McAlley in Inverness.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also joined Lorraine in Glasgow where she met with fundraisers and pledged the Scottish Government’s future support of the Appeal.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated this evening and to all those who have worked so hard to make this appeal such a success.
“I am determined that every child in Scotland gets the best possible start in life, regardless of their background. No child in Scotland should be living in poverty in this day and age.
“There are projects all over Scotland doing fantastic work as a result of the money raised by the STV Children’s Appeal – making a lasting difference to people’s lives. I’m delighted to announce that in order to help this continue, the Scottish Government will again pledge to match fund public donations up to a value of £1 million for next year’s Appeal.”
Donations for the Appeal poured in all day from viewers across Scotland, and even as far afield as Hollywood as showbiz presenter Ross King pledged his support for the charity. Throughout the day, STV broadcast messages from famous faces including Ross Kemp, the presenters of Loose Women, Carol Smillie, The Osmonds, Barbara Dickson and even childhood favourites Sooty and Sweep, all encouraging viewers to donate £5 to help Scotland's children living in poverty.
This year’s Appeal campaign has seen Scotland’s favourite weather man Sean Batty head back to the classroom to join pupils and teachers for a host of fun events and challenges. STV2’s Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell were joined by fundraisers for a high flying 12-hour Bounceathon challenge, and schools, sports teams and businesses across the country tucked into a Big Scottish Breakfast on 27th October in support of the Appeal.
In its first six years the STV Children’s Appeal raised over £13.7 million. 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. The Scottish Government has match funded the first £1m raised every year since launch.