Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner

Prestonfield House Hotel

Friday 23rd February 2018

2017 Sportsmans Charity Dinner

The Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2018 raised over £60,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, Trust Rugby International and My Names'5 Doddie Foundation along with many other charities such as Disabled Curlers Scotland, Teenage Cancer Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund, North Edinburgh Dementia Care, What? Why? Children in Hospital, The Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust, Tweedstart and Edinburgh BATS.

Reports from some of the charities about what they did with the support they received will be included in our 2018 Dinner Programme.

For the 2018 Dinner the two “Featured Charities” are,

Trust Rugby International

Supported by Scottish Rugby, Trust Rugby International (tri), which was founded in 2010, is a proactive, Scottish based charity, whose goal is to bring individuals and communities together through the game of rugby. Unlike other organisations, who use the non-contact version of the sport to involve people with learning disabilities, tri believe all players can be enabled to participate to their full potential and have already established several fully unified, full contact rugby teams.

Doddie Weir’s Foundation

We have all heard the devastating news of Doddie’s Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis. Doddie has created his Foundation to help fund research into this debilitating disease. “My Names'5 Doddie Foundation" will work with the Euan MacDonald Centre at Edinburgh University where the aim is to slow, stop and ultimately reverse its devastating effects.

Both these charities work tirelessly to provide services for the young and the not so young ensuring that they achieve and live life to the full. As has always been the Charity’s policy, other smaller charities operating in the areas of sport, children, the disabled and the disadvantaged will also receive support.

In order to try and surpass last year’s dinner where Brian Blessed kept us entertained for the evening we have lined up a formidable team of speakers with an appropriate rugby theme.

  • Gyles Brandreth
  • Jason Leonard 
  • Iain (the Bear) Milne
  • Final speaker Sam Torrance.

Our Master of Ceremonies this year is the broadcaster John Inverdale who will host the evening and our auctioneer will be Willie Hunter.

Costs involved in hosting the dinner are significant and to raise as much funding for our nominated charities as possible we do rely on the generosity of our sponsors who help us mitigate the costs of the speakers.

The 2018 Dinner will provide a fantastic start to the Scotland v England rugby weekend, at Murrayfield and a great opportunity to entertain clients and friends with a table at the dinner.


Tickets are £100 per person and tables of 8, 10 and 12 are available for booking. Should you have any questions please email

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The very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2019 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 8th February 2019 on the eve of the Scotland v Ireland 6 Nations match, the main sponsors being Carbon Financial Partners and Prestonfield House.

The dinner raised over £60,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, Hearts and Balls and Beyond Boundaries along with many other charities.

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