Statement on funds received by the STV Appeal from The Presidents Club

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Statement on funds received by the STV Children’s Appeal from The Presidents Club Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A spokesperson for the STV Children’s Appeal said:

“The trustees of the STV Children’s Appeal have taken the decision to return all previous donations received from the Presidents Club following news reports on the organisation’s latest fundraising event.”

Statement issued on behalf of the STV Children’s Appeal by: Ellen Drummond, STV Press Office : 0141 300 3341; 07803 970143; ellen.drummond@stv.tv

About the STV Children’s Appeal

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 seven years, the STV Children’s Appeal has raised over £16.3 million. This has enabled it to make 964 large and small awards to charitable projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much-needed support and assistance to over 66,700 children and young people. The funding helps make a real difference to young lives 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.

The STV Children’s Appeal is proud to guarantee that all the money it raises is invested in Scotland, helping children and young people across all areas of the country. All of the charity’s overheads are met by STV and The Hunter Foundation so that every penny of donations goes directly to helping those in need. For 2017, the Scottish Government once again committed to match-fund the first £1m raised.

In 2017, the Appeal continued to engage with communities across Scotland to encourage individuals, schools, businesses and community groups to get involved with the charity at a local level. Community-based fundraising for the Appeal took place throughout the year – a testament to the public support generated for the charity – with events ranging from a sponsored bounceathon, Big Scottish Breakfast events and a Back to School with Sean Batty tour all raising money for Scotland’s children.

Since its launch the Appeal has formed fruitful partnerships with high-profile corporate partners including Royal Bank of Scotland, Lidl, Quality Meat Scotland and Tunnocks. This year the Appeal saw a number of new corporate supporters getting behind its cause, including Asset Alliance, Dundee City Council, Glasgow Taxis and Loganair.

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.

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