Distillery raises thousands for Doddie Weir's charity

Staff at a distillery in Dumfries and Galloway are presenting rugby great Doddie Weir with a cheque for almost thirty thousand pounds today.

Annandale Distillery in Dumfries and Galloway raised almost £27,000 after selling 99 bottles of whisky for Doddie's charity

Doddie set up the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to raise money to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and provide grants to help those affected by the disease.

His foundation was set up in November 2017 with his fellow trustees, five months after he revealed that he was suffering from motor neurone disease himself.

Credit: Annandale Distillery

MND is an incurable condition where specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord called motor neurones stop working properly and affects the upper and lower neurones leading to muscle weakness.

Doddie Weir is a former rugby union player who played as a lock. He earned 61 caps for Scotland over his sporting career.

Earlier this month he received an OBE from the Queen for his for services to rugby, Motor Neurone Disease research and the community in the Scottish Borders.