Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland


Chris Paterson with SGU

Since its beginnings The Sportsman’s Charity has distributed nearly £2.9 million to assist organisations working in the fields of sport, children and young people, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

Current beneficiaries

The two main beneficiaries of funds raised at the Charity’s Dinner in 2020 are The Eve Appeal and Tom Smith Testamonial Fund.

The Eve Appeal

The Eve Appeal is the leading UK national charity funding research and raising awareness into the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.

We were set up to prevent gynaecological cancers and save lives by funding ground-breaking research focused on developing effective methods of risk prediction, earlier detection and developing screening for all of the five gynae cancers. We have played a crucial role in providing seed funding, core infrastructure funding and project funding in addition to campaigning to raise awareness.

The world-leading research that we fund is ambitious and challenging but our vision is simple: A future where fewer women develop and more women survive gynaecological cancers.

Tom Smith Testimonial Fund

On 26 September former Scotland and British and Irish Lion Tom was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. The cancer started in his colon has spread to his liver and brain. So far he has undergone three intensive rounds of chemotherapy, aimed at halting the tumor’s growth. He has also completed radiotherapy treatments to target the lesions on his brain. The prognosis is challenging but Tom is giving everything in his battle.
Tom is currently receiving treatment in France where he is being supported by his wife Zoe and children Angus 18, Amelie 17 and Teddy 9. Following the news, a group of friends and former players have banded together to help Tom in his fight. So far we have been blown away by the offers of help that we have received from the rugby community both near and far.
On his condition Tom said, “I feel immensely grateful for all the treatment and support I am receiving and really want to raise awareness and help people in my situation who are perhaps not so fortunate.” The website has information on Tom’s condition but also about a fund raising dinner. The dinner will take place at London’s Hurlingham Club on Wednesday 4th of March. The dinner will be  a celebration of everything front row and is already gearing up to be a cracking night. We would like you to
join us on the night.

Forthcoming Events

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Latest News

Sportsman's at Home - Euros 2021

We are delighted that long time friend of the Charity Dougie Donnelly has agreed to Chair our Euro 2021 virtual event on Friday 23rd April where he will take charge of our panel Shelley Kerr MBE, John Collins and Dave McPherson.  Promises to be an excellent evening, hope you can make it.



Sportsman's at Home - Six Nations Warm-up

We were delighted to hold our first virtual event on the eve of the Calcutta Cup (5th Feb) and are very grateful to our panel of Jim Hamilton, Alex King, Nathan Hines and Chris Paterson who were expertly herded by our Chairman Al Kellock. 

If you were one of the large number who attended, thank you.  If you weren't, stay in touch and we will let you know what our next event is going to be shortly.

Our Second Charity Ambassador

The Directors of The Sportsman's Charity are very pleased to be able to announce that one of the UK's favourite comedians, Simon Evans has agreed to become our second ambassador. 

Appointment of our First Charity Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Chris Paterson MBE has been appointed as The Sportsman's Charity's first ambassador.  


Event photos

Photo galleries available for recent events :-

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2020

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2019

Halloween SCREAM Ball 2018


2020 Charity Dinner

A very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2020 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 7th February 2020 on the eve of the Scotland v England Calcutta Cup match, the main sponsors being Carbon Financial Partners and Prestonfield House.

The dinner raised over £50,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, The Eve Appeal and Tom Smith Testamonial Fund along with many other charities.

For photos and more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.