We are truly humbled by the generosity of our dinner guests whose support made our 2022 Charity Dinner (our ninth) the most successful yet. Words cannot describe how it feels to have so many people believe in what we do and backing us as we strive to make a meaningful difference every day for local families and people of all ages living in North Edinburgh.
After missing a couple of years due to the pandemic it is fair to say we had no idea what to expect at this years' dinner. However, we were hugely excited to be able to welcome everyone back after the upheaval of the past two years - to see friends (old and new) and be inspired, entertained and enjoy a great evening.
Craig Graham, our chairperson, kicked things off with the story of "our" Tommo, a young boy from Leith who came to Spartans on a work experience placement, volunteered with us, became a youth worker and who now delivers global sport for development programmes working with Coaches Across Continents. We are so proud of Tommo and his commitment to making the World a better place through sport and physical activity and his determination to "dream big, dream fierce".
We were surprised to have Donald Trump gatecrash the evening and take credit for starting The Academy - what a great and memorable impression from Rory Bremner! We are sure that everyone in attendance on the night will look back fondly on Rory's set and smile for many years to come.
Martin O'Neil provided us with some candid insights into his illustrious time as a player and manager. But more than this, Martin was hugely generous with his time chatting to many of our guests throughout the evening and posing for lots of selfies.
Huge thanks also to our debut presenter Eilidh Barbour who seamlessly and expertly hosted the evening. Further thanks must also go to Lindsay and Allan Fraser without whom the dinner would simply not happen.
Finally, thank you to all of our supporters on the evening (and beyond) who help us
to be able to help others in our local community of North Edinburgh. From donors of prizes to everyone who bought a
prize and/or made a pledge on the night, without you it would not be possible
to make a meaningful and relevant difference in our ‘wee patch of the world.’
We look forward to seeing you next year!