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Foundation invests £500,000 towards motor neuron research

Doddie Weir wearing a tartan suit with an old photo of him playing rugby in the background

A foundation launched by a late Scottish rugby player is investing more than £500,000 towards finding pioneering treatments for motor neuron disease [MND].

Doddie Weir passed away from the neurological condition on 26th November 2022 after being diagnosed with MND in 2016.

To mark what would have been his 54th birthday, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation [MNDF] encouraged people to wear a piece of tartan on Thursday to raise awareness of the illness.

The foundation said the money will be spread across a number of UK centres to speed up research into effective treatments for the illness.

Jessica Lee, director of research at MNDF, told BBC News: “Doddie was passionate about the need for more MND clinical trials, to give newly diagnosed people hope and purpose, and to accelerate the search for effective treatments.

"This commitment of an additional £500,000 to support individual trial centres, will enable them to buy-out the time of specialised staff and make a real difference in our ongoing mission”

The foundation has already invested over £11m towards MND research with an additional £2m to support people living with the condition.

[ Doddie Weir made 61 international appearances for the Scotland national team and represented the British & Irish Lions. ]

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