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Doddie Weir: Online whisky auction will help MND foundation

An online whisky auction will take place next month to raise money for Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir' foundation, the "My Name'5 Doddie Foundation", to mark the third anniversary of his charity.

The Whisky Shop Auctions are hosting Doddie's Whisky Auction online from Wednesday 11th November to Sunday 22nd November, with people invited to register now for the event which is supported by the biggest and best-known names in whisky.


A number of highly sought-after bottles will go under the hammer, with all proceeds going direct to Doddie's charity.


The foundation, which was set up in 2017, aims to raise money to help with research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and has raised over £7 million to date.

MN5DF founder, Doddie Weir OBE, who was diagnosed with MND in 2016, expressed his enthusiasm and delight at this venture finally coming together.

“I do love a dram myself and for a while, I’ve had this idea of doing something with the various distilleries and brands, in thanking them for the support they continue to give the Foundation, but also to celebrate everything they have done for Scotland over the years,” said Doddie, who celebrated his 50th birthday in July.


“While many have staged individual challenges and events in recent months, the whole Covid-pandemic has greatly curtailed our more public and mass participation fund-raising activities.


“Doddie’s Whisky Auction will hopefully give a great many, from far and wide, a chance to support our work across all aspects of MND, and like the return of International rugby this autumn, show everyone we are back to tackle MND head-on.”


Valuer and broker David Robertson of Rare Whisky 101 added; “Doddie’s cause is one that has captured the attention of many throughout the country, particularly those of us within the whisky industry, whether as distillers, brand owners, retailers or auctioneers.


“Doddie, as a player and a champion of the fight against MND, has mirrored so many of the values we have in the whisky industry, in terms of tenacity, strength, global recognition and, of course, being proudly and fiercely Scottish, and we are all delighted to be joining forces with one of our own in such a great cause.”


The online auction will run between November 11-22, with the site now available for people to register on to take part in the fundraiser.


Whisky society Keepers of Quaich has provided a rare private single cask bottling of Strathisla, Talisker, Highland Park and Glenfiddich, while the Worshipful Company of Liverymen has offered up two bottles of Master's Cask single malt, of which only 200 bottles were produced.


You can read more about the charity auction on the official auction website.

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