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Foundation to support rugby star struck by MND

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Doddie Weir announced he was fighting the degenerative condition earlier this summer

A Scotland rugby star who has been struck by motor neurone disease (MND) has established a trust.

The Doddie Weir'5 Discretionary Trust will provide practical help to Doddie Weir and his family.

The 47-year-old announced he was battling MND earlier this summer, and has also announced that a foundation – entitled My Name’5 Doddie, will be setup to raise funds for research.

Weir played in the number five position for both Scotland and the British Lions, and said that he had been taken aback by the support he has received so far.

He said: “Since I made public my diagnosis, the response we have received from the rugby fraternity and the general public, firstly during our time in New Zealand and latterly from across the UK, has been overwhelming.

“We have been amazed at the messages of support sent to us by well-wishers – and hopefully we get around to answering those messages in time – and the kindness shown by hundreds of people.

“I would personally like to thank everyone as it has been greatly appreciated by the entire family.”

Lawrence Cowan, chair of MND Scotland, said: “Since Doddie’s diagnosis, he has been an absolute inspiration.

“I know how devastating this disease is. To spend your time committed to helping others with this condition and also making sure that we raise as much money as possible to beat this disease is really incredible.”

Former team-mate Finlay Calder is one of the trustees of the new organisation.

He said: “The trust has been set up to support Doddie and his family, and will support initiatives to help people cope with the effects of the disease.

“Hopefully we can offer practical help to make sure Doddie has the independence to live his life as fully as possible in the months and years ahead, and donations will go towards supporting these aims.”