We support a number of charities, our official Charities for the coming season are featured below.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities has been providing families with free 'home away from home' accommodation at hospitals across the UK, vital when a child is receiving treatment far from home. Families can stay for as long as they need to, just a short walk from their child’s ward.
The new Ronald McDonald House in Edinburgh will provide support for over 500 families each year when their child needs treatment at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People. The house helps to reduce the stress and anxiety faced by families with a child in hospital by allowing parents a private place to get a good night’s sleep, so they are able to be a better member of their child’s healthcare team.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities, or if you would like to find out how you can help keep families together, please visit www.rmhc.org.uk or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RMHEdinburgh.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent charity registered in England and Wales (802047) and in Scotland (SC040717)
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity
At Edinburgh Rugby, we work closely with and support our friends at the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.
The charity exists to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second. They also support and complement the work of Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children (The Sick Kids) as well as other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland. Because of the work they do:
- Children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness.
- Children and young people are less scared of hospital and have a positive experience.
- Children and young people’s families are better supported and comforted.
- Children and young people have an improved experience of healthcare in their community.
If you want to find out more about Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, apply for a grant or simply ask them how you can help, they'd love to hear from you:
0131 668 4949
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity is an independent charity Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland (No. SC385020).
We are proud to support the following charities in partnership with Scottish Rugby:
The Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation
The Murrayfield Centenary Fund was set up in Scottish Rugby’s centenary season 1972-73. The charity's name was amended to The Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation in late 2015.
The foundation provides assistance to injured Scottish rugby players and is financially and administratively independent. Since its inception, it has assisted a number of players with short or longer-term injuries.
In addition to financial assistance, the foundation also helps with wheelchairs, computers and adaptations to players‘ or parents’ homes.
- Ian Rankin: Chairman
- Rob Flockhart: Senior trustee
- Graham Kerr: Midlands area trustee
- William Gardner: Glasgow North area trustee
- Alan Brown: Scottish Borders area trustee
- Mike Monro: North area trustee
- Adam Gray: Glasgow South Area trustee
- Jim Littlefair: Edinburgh area trustee
- Ian Forsyth: independent trustee
The aim of the trustees is to build up the General Fund, to give assistance wherever appropriate and approved by the Trustees, taking into account the possibility of several large requests for assistance in any one year.
Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation, c/o Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ
Charity Registration Number in Scotland: SC005015
Save the Children
Save the Children were established in London in May 1919. Now, as they celebrate their 100th anniversary, the charity work in 68 countries around the world, protecting children, giving them a healthy start to life and the chance to learn. In 2017, the charity estimate that they helped some 13.3 million children globally.
In Scotland, more than a quarter of children live in poverty, and children experiencing poverty in the early years are twice as likely to have difficulties with their early learning and development. Through their programmes and campaigns, Save the Children aim to give every child in Scotland the support they need to fulfil their potential. Scotland internationalists Stuart Hogg and Jade Konkel are sporting ambassadors with Save the Children in Scotland.
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, the charity fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since their founding in 1983, they’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
Wooden Spoon Scotland make up one of the 38 regional volunteer groups across UK and Ireland that work tirelessly to raise funds for disabled and disadvantaged young people within their communities.
To read more about how Wooden Spoon has made a difference to the lives of children in Scotland, visit https://woodenspoon.org.
To find out more about Wooden Spoon, call 01252 773720 or email [email protected]
The Sportsman’s Charity
The Sportsman's Charity was founded in 1983 by David MacLean and John Frame.
The charity works with the corporate sector, and with individuals, to generate and distribute funds to other charities.
The mission of The Sportsman's Charity is to make charity-giving a natural and involving experience. It raises funds for your causes, or helps you to find people doing good work, to make sure that the money you raise is spent effectively.
What does the Sportsman’s Charity do?
The Sportsman’s charity can help you to run a charity event, or can organise one for you, in your company’s name.
It works closely with the Scottish Community Foundation, to distribute funds to your chosen causes.
The fund is self sufficient, but you can get involved in the following ways:
- become a supporter of our fixed costs
- sign up to participate in our events
- get help with an event, or advice on how to organise it yourself
- get help to put together a corporate social responsibility policy
- invite your staff to raise funds for their particular causes
- ascribe us a legacy to assist with our long-term work.
Call John Frame on 07715112784 for more information.
Hearts and Balls
Hearts and Balls aims to ensure that those connected with rugby are supported by the wider rugby community in times of need.
This assistance can be long term or short term; it can be financial and non-financial; it can be directed towards and individual or towards a group; it can be advocacy and advisory. Hearts and Balls works to connect people and groups to ensure that help is directed where it is most needed. It lobbies for change in the interests of vulnerable people and groups.
Hearts and Balls was conceived in 1999 when a player from Lismore Rugby Club in Edinburgh suffered a serious spinal injury that left him paralysed. Lismore set up and ran a highly successful appeal which they decide to continue by widening its support to cover players and loved ones impacted by serious injury or illness and Hearts and Balls was created with the aim of 'helping rugby help its own'.
Hearts and Balls has helped numerous players and families impacted by injury, illness or bereavement.
The Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust is registered in Scotland No.SC240234 Scottish Charity No.SC033927
Bill McLaren Foundation
Bill McLaren was known as “The Voice of Rugby” not just because of his distinctive tone and creative phrasing, but because he portrayed our game at its best.
The Charitable Foundation was set up in March 2010 with a launch at Murrayfield Stadium to raise funds to support the development of rugby and its values. It also aims to recognise the contribution Bill McLaren made to rugby through education and the development of an interpretative centre featuring Bill's extensive archive including his big sheets.
The Foundation has been set up in Bill’s name, and with the support of his family. The foundation has three aims:
- To develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values
- To encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people
- To create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive
The Bill McLaren Foundation is registered in Scotland SC372026 and Scottish Charity No SC041238
My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
Doddie Weir won 61 caps for Scotland during a playing career in which he also represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.
In June 2017 Weir revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, he has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.
In November 2017 Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, when he delivered the match ball at the Scotland v NZ game at BT Murrayfield.
The Foundation’s aims are:
- To raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures.
- To make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
We receive many requests for charitable assistance. If you wish to request a donation of merchandise please ensure you provide the following information, which will enable your request to be considered:
- The name of the charity you intend to support
- The date and venue for your fundraising event
- A postal address to which any merchandise can be sent
- Your full contact details (including email and phone number/s)
Please send these requests to [email protected]