Media release: STV announces line-up for STV Children’s Appeal programming


STV has announced a range of programmes to highlight the work carried out by the STV Children’s Appeal and fundraisers across the country to support children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.

The programmes will air from Tuesday 17th October, culminating in the annual live STV Children’s Appeal show hosted by Lorraine Kelly on Friday 3rd November.

Over the three weeks, viewers will hear about the host of charities and community projects supported by the appeal and find out how the money makes a real difference to the lives of Scotland’s children.

The special appeal programming will feature a hard-hitting documentary about homelessness in Scotland, a look at STV weatherman, Sean Batty’s fundraising tour of schools and the Appeal ‘Bounceathon’, when STV2 presenters, Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell, took part in a 12-hour trampolining challenge, and STV will celebrate the fundraising efforts of communities across the country and show why their hard work matters so much.

Lorraine Kelly, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “After six years of raising crucial funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland, it’s fantastic to see that support for the STV Children’s Appeal continues to grow in communities up and down the country.

“This year, we have seen some brilliant fundraising events by schools, local businesses and individuals who have given their time and commitment to this hugely important cause – while having lots of fun.

“The generosity shown by those getting involved, on any level, is truly heart-warming.

“I’m looking forward to once again hosting the appeal live show on Friday 3rd November and finding out how much Scotland has raised for children in poverty. Viewers can donate all day, so please help us make a real difference for those who need our help.”

The full schedule of programming for the STV Children’s Appeal programming is as follows:

 They Need our Help – Tuesday 17th October at 20.30 on STV

In the first appeal programme, presented by Andrea Brymer, viewers will meet some of the children and families who are supported by the appeal. Andrea takes a look at projects that will benefit from this year’s campaign, including RASCALS in Cumbernauld, an after school service for children with learning disabilities run by ENABLE Scotland, the Action For Children family centre in Kelloholm in Dumfries and Galloway, the Big Hearts Kinship Care programme run by the official charity of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, and Beautiful Inside and Out, a charity that supports families affected by suicide.

Where your money goes – Monday 23rd October at 20.00 on STV

Andrea Brymer takes a look at how last year’s appeal donations have helped families across Scotland and learns more about projects including Big Hopes Big Future, run by Home Start Aberdeen, which helps children benefit from their early years in education; Granton Community Gardens in Edinburgh, a project offering community meals to provide healthy food and help combat isolation for local families living in poverty; Bridging the Gap in Glasgow, delivering services ranging from parenting support to weekly community; and the Braes Family Centre in Falkirk, run by One Parent Families Scotland.

Sean and Friends – Friday 27th October at 20.00 on STV

Presented by weatherman, Sean Batty, this programme celebrates fundraising heroes across Scotland who have supported the appeal in 2017. Fundraising efforts featured include Sean’s big tour of schools, which saw him heading back to the classroom to join pupils and teachers for a host of events, the Pedal for Scotland cycling event and Edinburgh Kiltwalk which thousands of fundraisers took part in, and the 12-hour Bounceathon which saw STV2’s Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell getting their bounce on with a 12-hour bounceathon.

Scotland’s Hidden Homeless – Monday 30th October at 20.00 on STV

In a thought-provoking and revealing half-hour documentary, STV looks at the hidden aspects of homelessness in Scotland. Viewers will hear from individuals and families who have been, or still are, dealing with issues of homelessness, and who are determined to make the situation better for those affected.

Scotland’s Hidden Homeless features interviews with David Duke, founder of Street Soccer Scotland – a social enterprise that uses football to help create positive change in the lives of socially-disadvantaged adults and young people, Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite – which helps the homeless by providing food and drink via a network of cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Shelter Scotland and Scottish author, Kerry Hudson, who herself has faced homelessness. The programme also meets a network of Edinburgh mums who are pulling together to support each other through homelessness, and includes an interview with Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing, who outlines the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle the issue.

Lorraine’s Big Live – Friday 3rd November from 20.00-20.30, then at 21.00 on STV

The annual STV Children’s Appeal live show returns with host Lorraine Kelly celebrating another fantastic year of fundraising and those who have shared their stories. Broadcast live from Glasgow, Lorraine is joined by presenters, 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 – before the total sum raised by the appeal in 2017 is revealed at the end of the show .

The appeal programmes will be repeated on STV2 and the live show on 3rd November will be simulcast for STV2 viewers. All programming will also be available for catch-up on the STV Player.


For further information, please contact the STV press office:

Ellen Drummond

0141 300 3341 / 07803 970143

Anna Hendry

0141 300 3830

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 six years, the appeal has raised over £13.7 million. This has allowed us to make 722 big and small awards to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much-needed support to over 62,000 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 per cent 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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