Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Nearly two years ago, on World Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Day, Doddie Weir announced he was living with the incurable condition.
Since his diagnosis, Doddie has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of MND even setting up the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – which to date has raised more than £1 million.
Enable Editor, Lorne Gillies, previously spoke with Doddie about his journey to find a cure for the condition. Doddie said at the time:
“The only way to help with change is be a part of the change. At the moment my focus is on finding a cure to give people options, which means they have a chance.
Other diseases on the market there is always hope because there are lots of options. MND, unfortunately, there’s not – at the moment.”
For his work promoting MND and raising funds for treatment and, ultimately, finding a cure, and for his successful career in rugby – holding 61 caps for Scotland – and his support to the Scottish Borders community, Doddie Weir has been appointed an OBE.
I am humbled and honoured – thank you to everyone.https://t.co/G5qGF8m6kQ
— Doddie Weir (@DoddieWeir5) December 28, 2018
Speaking with the BBC, Doddie said: “I am humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way,” he said.“To be awarded the OBE for services to rugby, research into MND and the Borders community is particularly special as all three are close to my heart.
“Myself, Kathy, Hamish, Angus and Ben – and those involved with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – have received incredible support from the rugby community and the Borders folk since I shared my diagnosis with everyone in June 2017.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their on-going kindness and generosity.”
You can read the full New Years Honours List here.