Doddie Weir MND fundraiser
28 Feb 2019
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Doddie Weir and Gary Armstrong, both former Scotland International rugby players, and rugby and sports presenter John Inverdale will be the special guests at a fundraising dinner to increase the profile of and raise funds for the research into Motor Neurone Disease which Doddie was diagnosed with in December 2016.
Doddie’s international rugby playing career saw him win 61 caps in seven years. Weir’s first appearance for Scotland was in 1990 against Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium. A mainstay of the team throughout the 1990s, Doddie was the first recipient of the Famous Grouse Scotland Player of the (then) Five Nations Award in 1997.
An excellent lineout specialist, Doddie was selected as part of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 1997. Whilst on the tour, he suffered a horrific knee injury, as a result of foul play, whilst playing Mpumalanga Province. Doddie’s final appearance on the international rugby stage was in the Six Nations Championship match against France at Murrayfield in March 2000 and he finished his playing career in 2004.
Today, Doddie is committed to the work that his foundation ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ to continue to raise vital funds into the causes of and a cure for MND
Born in Plymouth, the son of a Royal Navy dental surgeon, John attended Clifton College in Bristol and gained a degree in history at Southampton University before embarking on a career in journalism.
During his award winning career he has presented numerous Olympic Games, Football and Rugby World Cups, Wimbledon Championships, Open Championships plus numerous major sporting events including the Ryder Cup, World Athletics Championships, Grand Nationals and Cheltenham Festivals as well as Champions League and FA Cup Finals.
Described as one of the best scrum-halves of his generation, Gary won 51 caps for Scotland, captaining them to their Five Nations victory in 1999, and toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 1989.
Gary played his club rugby in the Borders and Newcastle playing alongside Jonny Wilkinson, who said of him: “Inside me at scrum half is one of the toughest players in the World. We call Gary Armstrong the junkyard dog.”
MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
Motor Neurone Disease is merciless in who it strikes. Over 1,500 medical papers were published on MND in 2017 but due to its complexity as a neurological disease, the advancement of finding its causes and a cure have been slow and frustrating. It is a disease that effects men more than women.
Progress, however, has been made with the identification of the protein that is absolutely central to the process of MND and research continues as to how best influence this protein accumulating, either preventing it or helping it to clear: research that needs continuous funding so that it can reach its objective.
“Our job is making sure we are all moving in the same direction and working together.” Doddie said in a recent interview. “That’s the only way we can make a difference. It is the same as a rugby team. We’re the forwards, setting the platform by raising the money, so we can give the ball to backs such as MND medical specialists to do something really special.” Doddie Weir