Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner

Prestonfield House Hotel

Friday 7th February 2014

From the 2014 Dinner

The 32nd Annual Sportsman’s Charity Dinner celebrated England’s visit to Murrayfield for the 6 Nations Championship.

Different from the generic 'sportsman's dinners' it has a strong tradition and attracts a loyal following, with many supporters attending year-on-year.

The 2014 Dinner was hosted by TV sporting personality Dougie Donnelly, and diners will have the opportunity to hear from members Scotland’s 1984 Grand Slam Team - Jim Calder, Roy Laidlaw, Iain Milne, Iain Paxton and John Rutherford and Alan Tait, Dalmahoy’s Director of Golf.

Download our pdf for profiles of our speakers.

From the world of stage, television and radio, Tom Allen continued The Sportsman’s Charity’s policy of introducing new names to Edinburgh audiences. Tom’s comedy credentials are impeccable with great reviews from, amongst others, The Scotsman “Otherworldly...a delight of raconteurship” and The Guardian “Tom Allen, a great storyteller whose ability to provide riotous entertainment deserves to net him a wider audience…his live work sees him telling outlandish tales from his seemingly very eventful life. Allen is one of life's true eccentrics, a being who exists at an angle to the rest of us”.

Seasoned auctioneer Willie Hunter encouraged bids for unique and exceptional auction lots.

Special Guest – Denis Ribas

A proud Catalan, Denis Ribas was born in Perpignan in 1954. During his childhood his father, a famous mountaineer and writer, instilled in him his passion for nature.

Denis originally trained at the Perpignan School of Fine Arts and is now recognized as one of France’s greatest living artists. Denis only paints en plein air (outdoors) all paintings being completed in one sitting and never subsequently amended.

As well as being an internationally renowned artist, Denis’s early career included representing France as a middle distance runner against the likes of Seb Coe and Steve Ovett. Denis much admired the late John Bellany and has donated his recent work, an homage to the East Lothian painter, for auction in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Denis attended the Dinner and assisted in auctioning the painting.

Main Beneficiaries

The two main beneficiaries of funds raised at the Dinner were Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity, and the Scottish Golf Trust charged with expanding and enhancing golf in Scotland. Smaller charities operating in the fields of children and young people, disability, sport and the disadvantaged also received funding.

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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.  


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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.