A Finncredible prize

Scottish Rugby’s gifts of some modern-day rugby magic are set to make the inaugural Eric Liddell Centre fundraising gala a night to remember. 

The Going for Gold Fundraising Gala, which is taking place on Tuesday 5 December at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh will raise funds for the registered care charity and major Edinburgh community hub. The Centre specialises in care for the elderly and dementia services, with the aim of supporting people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. 

 The Centre is named after Eric Liddell, the 1924 Olympic gold medal hero who inspired the film Chariots of Fife, as well as winning seven international rugby caps for Scotland.

 Scottish Rugby’s points-record holder Chris Paterson MBE and award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith will be appearing at the gala, while comedian and columnist Susan Morrison will compere.

 John MacMillan, CEO at the Eric Liddell Centre, said: “The Eric Liddell Centre continues to experience a major increase in demand for our services and the more money we can raise, the more people we can assist. With the number of people living with dementia set to grow hugely in the future, the work we do for those diagnosed and their families and carers is only set to increase.  

“We are delighted to have the backing from Scottish Rugby, the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation, Alexander McCall Smith, Susan Morrison and all the others who are supporting our inaugural fundraising dinner. 

“It is going to be fantastic night and if you have not already booked your office Christmas night out, why not come along and help raise funds for such a great cause.” 

Scottish Rugby has donated a special auction prize with the lucky winner receiving a Finn Russell masterclass for a group of children (maximum of ten boys and/or girls ideally aged between 8 and 13). The Glasgow Warriors, Scotland and Lions stand-off and Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation Ambassador Finn Russell will hold the Masterclass at BT Murrayfield. The prize will also include a behind-the-scenes tour at BT Murrayfield and includes a Scotland shirt signed by Finn Russell.

 The Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation focusses on providing support and assistance to injured Scottish rugby players but is financially and administratively independent.  Since its inception the Charity has assisted a number of players with long term injuries.

 Finn Russell said: “The Eric Liddell Centre does a wonderful job in Edinburgh and I am delighted to give my support to the fundraising gala. It will be a great event and I hope that many people will attend the gala evening where there will be some great entertainment and the chance to support a wonderful cause.”

 Chris Paterson is taking part through the support of Scottish Rugby and the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation.

 St Mary’s Music School will provide evening entertainment and a silent and online auction will help raise funds for the centre to increase its wide range of services for Edinburgh’s community groups.

 The full list of auction items can be found at the following link: www.goingforgold.ericliddell.org and details of how to purchase tickets to the gala are here: https://www.ericliddell.org/inaugural-eric-liddell-centre-fundraising-gala/ 

Notes to editors: 

Eric Liddell Centre

  • The Eric Liddell Centre is a registered care charity and major community hub which provides a wide range of services for the capital’s community groups with the aim of inspiring, empowering and supporting people of all ages.
  • Located in a large, repurposed historic former church in Edinburgh, The Centre specialises in care for the elderly and dementia services with the aim of supporting people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
  • Provides a person-centred day care service to 70 clients per week with a diagnosis of dementia by a dedicated team of highly qualified staff and experienced and skilled volunteers which aims to reduce social isolation and promote independence.
  • The dementia day care service receives part funding from City of Edinburgh Council/Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and has been registered with the Care Inspectorate since 2007. The charity is reliant on the support of grant making organisations and individuals to fill the funding gap and provide additional services.
  • The day care service provides respite for carers and the centre offers befriending and wellness classes that also aim to reduce stress and provide a break from this challenging role.
  • The centre supports an average of 2000 weekly visitors to wide range of community based activities including respite for carers, yoga, Pilates, martial arts and music and gymnastics for toddlers. 
  • Founded in 1980, the Centre was renamed in 1992 in memory of the 1924 Olympic 400m Olympic gold medalist, Eric Liddell who was the central character of the highly successful film Chariots of Fire. The Centre remains true to the beliefs of his inspiring life and Lord David Puttnam CBE, FRSA, the Oscar-winning producer of Chariots of Fire is one of the Centre’s patrons as is Eric Liddell’s niece Sue Liddell Caton and Professor Alexander McCall-Smith CBE, FRSA.

 Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation:  

The Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation, which was set up in Scottish Rugby’s Centenary Season of 1972-73, is an independent Charity fully recognised by Scottish Rugby.

Much of the financial support is used to help with:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Wheel chairs
  • Computers
  • Adaptions to players or parents homes

The Foundation also supports players who have hardship from short term injuries to ensure that they can deal with their overheads when unable to work.

Written by
Graham Law