Doddie Weir: Now is perfect time to back rugby legend’s charity – Angus Robertson

Doddie Weir, who has motor neurone disease (MND), gave Scottish rugby fans “a lot of pleasure and pride”, to quote the Princess Royal. Now would be a good time to give something back by supporting his charity, writes Angus Robertson.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 6:00 am
Princess Anne presents Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir with the Helen Rollason Award at BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2019 (Picture: Kieron McCarron)

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There wasn’t a dry eye at the awards in Aberdeen when Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir was awarded the Helen Rollason Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. Doddie has been battling motor neurone disease since 2016 and has launched a charity to research the disease and improve the lives of people with MND.

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The Princess Royal, who is patron of Scottish Rugby, presented Doddie with the award saying: ”You’ve given a lot of pleasure and pride over the years of your playing for Scotland, and we’re very grateful of that. I know what a difference you have made to the understanding of MND, its impact and your ability to fund research. For that, we’re all extremely grateful.”

If you haven’t already, now would be perfect time to support Doddie and his charity by visiting