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Lottery-playing feline Sean Catty raises almost £400 for STV Appeal

Ann Campbell's pet Sean Catty regularly splits the lottery winnings with the STV Children's Appeal.

Sean Catty, pet of Ann Campbell from Castlemilk who plays the lottery and sends half the winnings to the STV Appeal, uploaded Friday October 16 2015
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A cat who plays the lottery to raise money for its own vet bills has managed to donate almost £400 to the STV Children's Appeal.

Sean Catty regularly wins money from playing the game and splits the winnings with the charity which helps children living in poverty in Scotland.

Over the last year the cat's owner, Ann Campbell, has sent the donations into the cat's namesake and STV weather presenter Sean Batty.

In total Sean Catty has managed to raise at least £380 with more still to be registered for the live show on Friday.

Ms Campbell, who has retinitis pigmentosa, told STV News: "I just really like Sean Batty and it was easy to change his name.

"Sean is an exceptionally lucky cat so I give half the winnings to the STV Appeal. We always play his date of birth for the numbers.

"When I was a child I was adopted and had a lot of issues when I was younger, so the STV Appeal is something that means a lot to me.

"I got him last year as a birthday present from my mum and he's turned out to be quite a lucky present."

The 36-year-old, from Castlemilk in Glasgow, suffers from a condition which impairs her vision, leaving her needing a walking stick and a guide dog.

She started sending money to the Appeal last year after it raised £2.5m and Ms Campbell regularly keeps up-to-date with Sean Batty's progress in his charity challenges.

STV presenter Sean said: "I was like the cat that got the cream when Ann first got in touch last year to tell me she had named here cat after me. Ann told me Sean Catty liked to play the lottery, and that he was a very lucky cat.

"The first letter arrived and £40 fell out onto the floor, much to the excitement of my colleagues who sit around me. I think they thought people were sending me money to make the weather a bit better.

"In July another envelope arrived on my desk, and it was quite thick. I knew straight away that it was from Sean Catty and Ann, and it must have been a big win this time.

"I let out a shriek when £120 fell onto the floor. Most of the people at STV now know about Sean Catty, as it creates great excitement when a new letter has arrived.

"I was a bit worried Sean Catty was giving all his winnings to the Appeal, and keeping nothing for treats, but Ann told me recently Sean Catty had kept enough in his own account for vet bills and occasional treats.

"I have been touched, and blown away, by Sean and Ann’s generosity over the past year."

As well as having a fundraising cat on his side, Sean Batty has helped raise money for the charity by taking on a coast-to-coast cycle challenge from Tarbert to Dunbar.

Travelling over 200 miles, Sean met many fans along the way and collected cheques from other generous fundraisers.

He added: "This year I hope to hit my £20,000 target for the STV Children’s Appeal. I genuinely don’t have a clue what my total is, but it will be revealed to me in the live programme on Friday evening.

"I would like to thank everyone that’s helped me raise money over the last year."

Sean will be joined by co-presenter Lorraine Kelly at Pacific Quay in Glasgow on Friday for the appeal live show.

Broadcast live from Glasgow with links to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, the programme will highlight stories from children affected by poverty in Scotland with a special guest appearance from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

STV Children's Appeal: Live will air from 8pm until 8.30pm and then again from 9pm until 10pm on STV, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.

Viewers can get involved on the night by visiting www.stv.tv/appeal, tweeting #STVAppeal2015 and catching up on the STV Player.

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