Our 2019 Fundraising Round-up

Eleri C from Edinburgh University Students Association with their fundraising big cheque

Dec 2019: We are extremely grateful to everyone who fundraised for us this year. Together, our fantastic fundraisers raised over £30,000 in aid of motor neurone disease research.

Grace opened her garden to the public through Scotland’s Open Gardens Scheme, florist Angie donated £5 from every ‘bouquet of the month’ sold in her shop in Bathgate, and Maggie and Martha ran a pop-up shop in Methil.

Arbikie continued to support motor neurone disease research through a variety of gin themed fundraisers… whilst Mac & Wild added a discretionary donation to their restaurant bills.

Sisters-in-law Carolann and Janie furthered their family’s ongoing support; Carolann asked wedding guests to donate to the Euan MacDonald Centre in lieu of traditional wedding gifts and Janie donated money from sales of programme from a dance performance she organised.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise funds for us, and to Gillian, Lorna and Sharon for participating in the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Thanks to the University of Edinburgh students who supported us this year. The Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) President held a ‘big party’ at Teviot Row House and the EUSA Quiz Society supported us too. George Watson’s College raised money at their Caratas String Summer School’s final show.


Some of our supporters have raised money for a number of years in memory of loved ones. Their continued support makes such a difference to our research:

  • The Barclay Family and Ballater Charitable Chiels have supported MND research for over a decade. This year’s Ballater Charitable Chiels Texas Scramble - in memory of Sandy Barclay - raised £12,000. To date, the annual fundraising golf tournament, has generated a total of £174,000 in aid of the Centre.
  • Friends and family of the late Robert Paulley continue to fundraise in his memory. Over the years, Robert’s loved ones have raised almost £56,000.
  • Alex hosted his third film night in memory of his dad.
  • Staff and pupils at Monifieth High School continued to support our work in memory of their colleague and teacher, Donald Grewar.


To all our awesome fundraisers – thank you so much for your amazing support. We hope you enjoyed fundraising and feel deservedly proud of what you have achieved. As well as supporting vital research, you have also helped raise awareness of the Euan MacDonald Centre.

To find out more about our wonderful supporters, visit our fundraising website at www.ed.ac.uk/fundraise-your-way. We love sharing fundraising success stories, if you haven’t already shared your fundraising story with us and would like to, please get in touch.

If you are planning to set yourself a challenge in 2020 and would like to know more about fundraising, please contact our Community Fundraising Officer, Kerry Mackay, and she’ll be delighted to help.

This article was published on: Tuesday, December 10, 2019