Doddie Weir Statement

Doddie with Euan MacDonald Centre researchers (L-R) Rachel Kline, Alison Thomson and Natalie Courtney at the Centre’s fundraiser ‘Just a Sports Quiz’ in 2017.

Nov 2022: A tribute to Doddie Weir.

We at the Euan MacDonald Centre are greatly saddened by the news of the death of Doddie Weir OBE.

A legend in the rugby world, he earned 61 caps for Scotland during a hugely successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions, and won championships with his club sides.

Doddie announced his MND diagnosis in 2017. Since then, Doddie focused his winning mentality on raising awareness about MND and funds for research through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. The Foundation is committed to helping improve the lives of those affected by MND. The Foundation has directly funded research at the Euan MacDonald Centre, including our clinical trial MND-SMART.

Through his ‘larger than life’ personality, positive attitude and tireless commitment, Doddie and the Foundation in his name have already made a huge impact, which benefits people affected by MND today and will reverberate for decades to come.

Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Director of The Euan MacDonald Centre, said

All of us at The Euan MacDonald Centre are extremely saddened to hear that Doddie has died. His drive to make a difference for everyone diagnosed with MND today and in the future is an inspiration. I believe his efforts have brought forward the day when effective treatments for MND will become available.

Our thoughts are with Kathy, Hamish, Angus, Ben and friends at this time.

We, as a family would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Kathy, Angus, Hamish and Ben. I'm sorry it took MND to bring us together but it was a privilege to have been able to meet and spend time with Doddie. For those of us affected by MND we owe Doddie a debt of gratitude for his tireless campaigning, awareness raising and fundraising. We will miss him greatly.

Euan MacDonald MBE
Founder of the Euan MacDonald Centre

Read the full announcement on the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation website.

Doddie Weir OBE
4th July 1970 - 26th November 2022

This article was published on: Saturday, November 26, 2022