Spectators at a rugby match at Hartpury dug deep into their pockets to support former Scotland international Doddie Weir’s drive to fund medical research into Motor Neurone Disease.
A collection and raffle at the Championship match between Hartpury RFC and Bristol on Saturday raised more than £3,000 for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – the charity set up in Doddie’s name supporting efforts to find a cure for the devastating disease.
“We’d like to say a massive thank-you to all the spectators and volunteers who went along to the match on Saturday and helped raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation,” said Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College and University Centre Hartpury.
“We were really keen to provide an opportunity for as many people as possible to join us in showing support for Doddie and his fantastic cause.
“What better way than Hartpury RFC’s last home game of the season in front of a record-breaking crowd against the league champions?”
Doddie, who played in the number five shirt, which is reflected in the name of the foundation, is determined to make a difference after he announced last summer that he had been diagnosed with MND.
“The level of support and generosity people have shown me since I shared my diagnosis has been humbling,” said Doddie.
“This has meant a great deal to me and my family and we are now firmly focused on what we can do to help fund research and hopefully, one day, find a cure for MND.
“We also want to support fellow sufferers and push the need for research further up the agenda.
“We may be too late in finding something that can help me, but I am committed to doing everything I can to help find a cure.”
Picture: left to right, Hartpury Principal Russell Marchant with Simon Carey of Barnwood Construction, who won an auction at the match for a bottle of Doddie's Glengoyne Dram, and Rugby Commercial Manager Lorraine Cornwell