Rugby legend doubles support for families living with motor neurone disease

Doddie Weir at Symposium
Doddie Weir is pictured at the MND Association’s International Symposium held in Glasgow in December 2018 and hosted by MND Scotland


The Foundation set up by former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir has doubled its donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association to improve the lives of even more people affected by the terminal illness.

Last July, a year on from the announcement of his motor neurone disease (MND) diagnosis, the former British and Irish Lion and Scottish international donated £100,000 raised through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to the MND Association. Doddie has now announced a further £100,000 contribution to the Association’s grant scheme. This helps people living with MND to pay for adaptations to their homes and funds respite activities for carers, supporting much-needed pamper days or short breaks for instance.

Doddie said:

“One of our main aims is to help fellow sufferers of MND and families who, like me, are affected by this terrible disease and therefore we are delighted to be able to increase our funding to deliver that support.  We recognise that the MND Association is best placed to distribute funds on our behalf and the grants have already made a difference to the lives of a great many people. We are only able to do this with the incredible support we receive from our fundraisers and we are all hugely grateful for their ongoing and committed efforts on our behalf.”

The MND Association’s Care Grants programme totals more than £1 million annually. In 2018, the Association awarded grants to more than 1,800 people with MND, carers and young people affected by the disease.

MND Association’s Chief Executive Sally Light said:

“We are so grateful for Doddie’s continuing support of the MND Association and his determination to make life better for people like himself who have received this devastating diagnosis. This generous donation will make a real difference to people we support through our grant programme. For some people these grants are essential to allow them to make necessary changes to their homes so they can continue to live as independently as possible. For some the grant means a day out for the family or a treat for their carer. Whatever it is, it means so much.”

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