Midges drive STV’s weather man batty

STV's Sean Batty was driven batty by the island midges - check out his bites!
STV's Sean Batty was driven batty by the island midges - check out his bites!

SCOTLAND’S favourite weather man Sean Batty has been driven batty by midges after he cycled 130 miles from Stornoway to Lochboisdale to raise awareness and funds for the STV Appeal

The major new charity launched by STV and The Hunter Foundation aims to support children affected by poverty in Scotland and Sean’s Western Isles Challenge from north to south across the Outer Hebrides saw him garner a huge amount of support as he jumped on his bike meeting as many locals as possible along with way.

But it was all at a cost. The midges were out in force and Sean was their target.

He said: “It was such an amazing adventure but these midge bites are driving me batty! I look like I’ve got chicken pox.

“At one point I was literally crying through a cloud of midges and they absolutely feasted on me. The crew were being bitten too but I must have been the dish of the day because nobody is quite as spotty as I am.”

Sean continued, recalling his Western Isles cycle challenge: “I didn’t do any training for the challenge, and with so many hills to climb up I was really struggling at points.

“I actually nearly gave up but the crew, the many people who turned out to support me and everyone who sponsored me for this brilliant cause, really spurred me on.

“It was pretty emotional at the end but I’m so thrilled to have raised so much for the charity. Huge thanks to everyone who has donated,” he added.

Sean has so far raised over £3,000 for the STV Appeal and is hoping to raise event more – so if you want to sponsor Sean, visit www.jsutgiving.com/SeanBatty

To find out more about STV Appeal 2011 and download a fundraising pack, log onto www.stv.tv/appeal