STV Programme Reveals How Appeal Helps Scotland's Children

Links Park Community Trust
Links Park Community Trust

6 March 2018

In 2017, the STV Children's Appeal raised an incredible £2,605,195 for Scotland's children, thanks to the fundraising efforts of schools, communities, businesses and individuals across the country.

In a special programme presented by STV News anchor Andrea Brymeron Tuesday 20th March at 2000, STV presenters Laura Boyd, Jennifer Reoch, Chris Harvey and David Farrell 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: Team Jak in West Lothian, Twechar Community Action in East Dunbartonshire, Links Park Community Trust in Angus and Centrestage in East Ayrshire.

First out, STV2 presenter and producer Laura Boyd joins children and parents at Livingston project Team Jak, which supports children and young people with cancer and related illnesses, as well as their families, friends and those bereaved. STV2 ‘s Jennifer Reoch visits Twechar Community Action, a hub at the heart of the Twechar community offering a range of activities and services for families and young people.

STV News presenter Chris Harvey finds out more about Links Park Community Trust in Montrose, which uses the power and appeal of sport - and in particular football - to inspire change in young people.

Finally, David Farrell, who presents Live at Five on STV2, pays a visit to Centrestage in Kilmarnock, a project that uses the arts and food to bring people together through food redistribution, whilst providing a social space for communities across Ayrshire.

The programme will also give viewers an insight into two other fantastic projects supported by the STV Children's Appeal - Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Dundee Family Support Services run by One Parent Families Scotland.

STV’s Andrea Brymer said: “2017 was an amazing year for the STV Children's Appeal. Yet again the fantastic Scottish public showed their support and generosity with incredible fundraising efforts taking place in communities all across the country. As soon as the money came in, we started handing it back again to projects all over Scotland who are helping children living in poverty. It’s so rewarding being able to visit these groups and see the real difference the money is making.”

Natalie Wright, manager of STV Children’s Appeal, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who fundraised and donated to the STV Children’s Appeal in 2017. In this programme we highlight four of the many incredible projects that we've been able to support, to show that every donation - big or small - helps make a difference in the lives of children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.

“We are now in the midst of planning another fantastic line-up of fundraising events and programming for 2018 with the continued support of communities across Scotland.”

Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised £16.3 million, with 964 big and small grants awarded to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 67,000 children. 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 natalie.wright@stv.tv.