SPORTS CELEBRITIES TO HOST CHARITY FUNDRAISING NIGHT

Leading sports and media celebrities will tomorrow (16 May 2013) host a charity night to raise funds for blind and visually impaired people.

Reality TV star and former professional footballer Neil “Razor” Ruddock is one of 14 sports and media personalities hosting the Try and Score fundraising dinner and sports quiz for charity Royal Blind.

The evening at the George Hotel in Edinburgh, which will be led by former radio DJ Scott Wilson, is set to raise over £15,000 for Royal Blind, supporting the charity’s work providing care, education and employment to blind, visually impaired and disabled people from across the UK. The charity’s services include one of Scotland’s oldest specialist schools, the Royal Blind School, as well as Braeside House, a specialist care home for the visually impaired and Kidscene, an integrated after school and holiday club for children with and without disabilities.

Funds are being raised from the sale of tables to corporate and individual supporters, as well as auctioning celebrity sports memorabilia on the night. Items up for auction include signed sports goods by Celtic, Hibernian, Rangers, Chelsea and Hearts, Manchester United as well wine tasting and a VIP tour for 12 at the Caledonian Brewery, including beer tasting and a grand Indian buffet.

A spokesperson for Royal Blind said:

“We’re delighted to get the support of so many celebrities, companies and individuals to come along to our Try and Score celebrity sports quiz. The funds raised will make a real difference to ensuring that blind and visually impaired people using Royal Blind’s services receive the support that they need to be fully included and lead fulfilling lives.”

Scott Wilson said:

Try and Score is one of the social highlights of the year for me and for the many celebrities that attend. It never fails to provide talking points and memories that make you smile for months afterwards.”

The charity fundraiser has been sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.

For more information please contact:

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded on Tel: 0131 229 1456, Mob: 07713 98779, Email davina.shiell@royalblind.org

Notes to editors:

Royal Blind Group is a registered charity that runs five services for blind and visually impaired people. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. www.royalblind.org

Other celebrities and media personalities attending include:

John Beattie - former Scotland & British Lions rugby player now broadcaster

Jim Jefferies - Dunfermline Manager

Billy Brown - East Fife manager

Brian McLauchlin - BBC Scotland football reporter

Robert Arkley - Owner of Kingsfield Golf Club

Luke Shanley - Sky Sports football reporter

Kenny Milne - Former Scotland and British Lions rugby player

Iain Milne - Former Scotland rugby player

Stuart Lovell - Former Hibs and Livingston player and now secretary of the PFA in Scotland

Derrick Paterson - Former Scotland rugby player 

Craig Gordon – Former Hearts & Sunderland Goalkeeper, now coaching. Also played for Scotland

Michael Stewart – Former Hearts & Hibs Footballer. Also played for Scotland

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Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. We work towards fulfilling this vision, empowering blind people to achieve their potential and a brighter future. Royal Blind operates four distinct services: The Royal Blind School, Forward Vision, Braeside House, and the Scottish Braille Press.