Football supporters given chance to Dine with the Dons

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Aberdeen football fans have the chance to dine with club legend ‘King’ Joey Harper at a charity lunch this year.

Dine with the Dons, organised by North East Sensory Services (NESS), will take place on Friday, March 10, at the city’s Chester Hotel. Former player Harper will be joined by ex-Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds and Loren Campbell, captain of the club’s women’s team.

The event is designed to raise funds for NESS, which supports thousands of blind and deaf people, and those with visual and hearing impairments, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Angus and Moray. It will be hosted by BBC presenter Richard Gordon, who will lead an afternoon of entertainment including Q&A sessions with the football stars. Guests will also hear first-hand about the services NESS provides from one of the charity’s own service users.

Harper spent two spells at Aberdeen in 1969-72 and 1976-81. He also played for Scotland and has been inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at Hampden. Reynolds played for the club between 2012-19 and is now at Cove Rangers. Campbell is the current captain of the women’s side and has been part of the club since she joined the under 13s.

Tickets for the Dine with the Dons event can be purchased for £55 here or by emailing The price includes a welcome drink, a two-course lunch with tea and coffee and an afternoon of entertainment.

“Our Dine with the Dons lunch will give people the opportunity to join their footballing heroes for an afternoon of food and entertainment. We are delighted that Joe Harper, Mark Reynolds and Lorene Campbell will attend and we are extremely grateful to them for their support.

"The event will raise vital funds for the services we offer to those with sensory loss. We will also hear from one of our own service users about the work NESS does.

“We are grateful for the continuous support from Amplus Energy for helping make this event happen.”

Graham Findlay, chief executive of North East Sensory Services


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