Newcastle Falcons announce Doddie fundraiser in the new year
21 December 2022
21 December 2022
Newcastle Falcons and Southern Knights will be teaming up to raise funds for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation following the sad news of Doddie Weir OBE’s passing last month.
The Scotland great was a fan favourite during his playing days with Newcastle Falcons and Melrose and leaves a huge legacy behind him.
Now, the two teams will come together for two fixtures that will continue to raise invaluable funds that will go towards tackle the disease. The first in Melrose on Saturday 4th February and second at Kingston Park on Saturday 11th February. Both fixtures have a scheduled kick-off at 1.30pm.
Southern Knights – Melrose fixture POSTPONED
Ticketing for the game in Melrose on Saturday February 4 (1.30pm) will be arranged by Southern Knights. Please click here for updates on the fixture.
Newcastle Falcons – Kingston Park fixture GOING AHEAD
The Doddie Fundraiser: Newcastle Falcons vs Southern Knights at Kingston Park will be held on Saturday 11th February (KO 1.30pm).
All season tickets, seasonal parking passes and seasonal hospitality places will be valid for this fixture. Season ticket holders do not need to do anything – your card will be valid for the game. Seasonal hospitality guests will be contacted by the club.
For non-season ticket holders, pricing for the Kingston Park clash on Saturday February 11 will be as follows:
NORTH STAND: Adult: £15, U16: £7.
EAST TERRACE: Adult: £15, U16: £7.
SOUTH STAND: Adult: £20, U16: £7.
Hospitality packages are also available for the game from £80 per adult and £40 per under-16 (prices include VAT). This package includes a two-course meal in our West Stand first floor. You can purchase this package here.
Additional hospitality on our second floor and in our boxes is also available. Please contact the commercial team on 0191 214 2892 for further details, or email email@example.com.
Five pounds from every ticket or hospitality place will also be donated to the foundation, which continues to raise funds and awareness around motor neurone disease.
You can purchase your match tickets here: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/newcastle-falcons/EDP/Event/Index/1834
Carparking can also be purchased here for £5 per vehicle: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/newcastle-falcons/EDP/Event/Index/1842
In addition, Newcastle Falcons is producing a bespoke warm-up tee to mark the occasion, which the team will wear during their warm-up at Kingston Park. Those worn by the players will then be signed and auctioned off to raise additional funds, with all profits going directly to the foundation.
A limited number of the tees will also be available for supporters to purchase for £30, with £5 from each shirt going to My Name’5 Doddie. Details on how to purchase will be released shortly. The shirt will be available in sizes XXS to 5XL, early purchase is advised to avoid disappointment.
Speaking on the fixture, Dave Walder, head coach at Newcastle Falcons said: “We’ve always enjoyed a good cross-border battle and given the gap in our fixture list it’s the perfect time to put on these two games against Southern Knights.
“It makes sense from a rugby perspective and is obviously timely given the sad news regarding Doddie’s recent passing.
“I played alongside Doddie for a number of years, and it’s been amazing to see how much money and awareness he’s raised for research into motor neurone disease.
“It’s an honour for Newcastle Falcons to be part of two fixtures which will help generate further funds so the good work of his foundation can continue, and I’m sure our supporters will get behind the cause by purchasing their match tickets and warm-up T-shirts.”
Discussing the fundraiser between Southern Knights and Newcastle, Jill Douglas, CEO of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation said: “"What a fitting way to raise money for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Doddie loved his time at Melrose and Newcastle and these two games will give both sets of supporters a chance to get together, watch some fantastic rugby and remember him.
It has been a very challenging few weeks since we lost Doddie, but we will continue fundraising to secure his legacy of a world free on MND."