Friday 5th February 2016
The 34th Sportsman’s Charity Dinner was celebrated on Friday 5th February 2016 at Prestonfield, Edinburgh with 475 guests being wined and dined superbly followed by a very well received line up of speakers, all hosted by our master of ceremonies, Dougie Donnelly.
The Sportsman’s Charity was delighted to have the support of Carbon Financial Partners, one of the UK’s leading financial planning and investment advice firms, as the main sponsor of the 2016 Dinner, following on from their initial sponsorship of the 2015 Dinner.
The Sportsman’s Charity Dinner forms an established starter to a Home Nations rugby weekend and with Scotland playing England the following day at BT Murrayfield we had the pleasure of a number of English friends at the “sold out” event.
The speakers were very well received, Martin Corry, the former Leicester, England, Barbarians and Lions forward, Stuart McCall and Dave MacPherson, the former Scottish football internationals, and a return visit to the Dinner by top comedy TV performer and writer, Simon Evans. Grant Stott of Radio Forth and Edinburgh pantomime fame conducted the main auction during the evening, the lots including a Denis Ribas painting auctioned for Teenage Cancer Trust, a luxury trip to the Monaco Grand Prix, a weekend sailing for 12 with Ocean Youth Trust and dinner for 10 at Prestonfield.
The 2016 Dinner raised over £60,000. The main two “Featured Charities” for the evening were Scottish Disability Sport and Alzheimer Scotland. Other charities also benefitting from funds raised at the Dinner included Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Wings for Warriors, Crew 2000 (Scotland), The Hearts & Balls Charitable Trust, Combat Stress and The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh among others.
The 35th Annual Sportsman’s Charity Dinner takes place on Friday 3rd February 2017 at Prestonfield. If you are interested in taking a table or tickets as an individual or smaller party please contact Harry Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org / Mark Hendrie at Mark.Hendrie@candh.legal / Nick Morrall at email@example.com
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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.
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.
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.
We are delighted to announce that Chris Paterson MBE has been appointed as The Sportsman's Charity's first ambassador.
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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.