Rugby legend pledges further cash for coronavirus support

Doddie Weir

The Foundation set up by former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir has donated £70,000 to support the efforts of the Motor Neurone Disease Association during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The money is on top of the £100,000 the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has already contributed this year to the Association’s grant scheme. The Foundation has pledged a further £30,000 to MND Scotland for coronavirus response work.

Doddie has been very vocal in his campaigning and fundraising for people with motor neurone disease (MND) since his diagnosis three years ago. With people with MND in the high risk category for coronavirus, he has now stepped up his support to ensure people with MND have the care they need in the current crisis.

Doddie said:

“Having MND puts people in the high risk category of coronavirus because our respiratory systems are already compromised. That means right now is a very worrying time for us. I am determined to do as much as I can to help alleviate some of those concerns. The money will be used by the MND Association in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and by MND Scotland to shore up the support they are offering people with MND at this time.”

Sally Light is the chief executive of the MND Association. She said:

“We are working really hard to ensure our vital work supporting people with MND continues during the current crisis while also seeing a dramatic fall in our income following the postponement of so many key events in our fundraising calendar. We are so grateful to Doddie for this donation which will enable us to continue and step up our support of people living with MND at this very worrying time.”

Craig Stockton, chief executive of MND Scotland, said:

“People with MND are among the most vulnerable in our society and during this very uncertain time, they need us more than ever. We are working tirelessly to develop and change the ways in which we support people affected by MND in Scotland, and this boost from Doddie’s foundation will help us stay connected to families when they need us most.”

MND affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that tell muscles what to do. It is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that takes away a person’s ability to move, eat, speak and ultimately to breathe.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262