Rugby legend Doddie Weir is toasting the generosity of whisky lovers across the country.
Supporters of his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation have raised more than £50,000 through an online auction of rare bottles and brands.
The auction – organised and run by The Whisky Shop – has become one of the foundation’s biggest fundraising events amid the Covid-19 pandemic as it continues to fund and support drug trials and research into motor neurone disease (MND), which Doddie was diagnosed with almost four years ago.
Jill Douglas, the foundation’s chief executive, said: “We are absolutely blown away by the generosity shown by the bidders in this very special whisky auction.
“It has been a tough few months for all charities and we are also very conscious that people are experiencing uncertainty and hardship so we want to thank everyone involved.
“A great many people worked so hard to make this a success and a huge thank you goes to the distilleries and individuals who donated this very special selection of whiskies – they have given collectors and whisky lovers a chance to buy some unique bottles while supporting our foundation.”
The foundation, which recently celebrated its third anniversary, has donated £5.8m towards MND research, as well as a further £1m to support people with the disease.
Ms Douglas added: “This is only possible through your wonderful and continued support. And we have big plans for 2021 so watch this space.”