Doddie Aid 2023 smashes £1 million mark in 11 days

Doddie Weir OBE with friend and CEO of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation Jill Douglas (Doddie Aid)
Doddie Weir OBE with friend and CEO of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation Jill Douglas (Doddie Aid)

A charity event to find a cure for Motor-Neurone Disease has already surpassed the £1 million mark.

Doddie Aid is a mass-participation event over six weeks, in memory of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation (MNDF) founder and rugby legend Doddie Weir. Doddie Aid 2023 has already eclipsed the 2022 total within the first fortnight of January.

Scotland rugby hero and MND activist Weir passed away in November last year, at the age of 52, six years after being diagnosed with the disease.

The event, which started on January 1, encourages you to get active through virtual exercises, to raise funds to help find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease, through My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Participants are split into six districts, with the winning district being the one that covers the furthest distance over the duration of the event.

This fundraising appeal was founded by former Scotland captain and British and Irish Lion Rob Wainwright and, over the past two years, has seen more than 30,000 participants cover four million miles and raise more than £2 million for the foundation.

More than 35,000 fundraisers throughout the UK have already joined forces this year to raise as much money as possible for MND research in honour of Weir.

(L-R) Grant Gilchrist, Edinburgh and Scotland International;  Rob Wainwright, former Scotland captain and Doddie Aid founder, and Pierre Schoeman, Edinburgh and Scotland (Doddie Aid)
(L-R) Grant Gilchrist, Edinburgh and Scotland International; Rob Wainwright, former Scotland captain and Doddie Aid founder, and Pierre Schoeman, Edinburgh and Scotland (Doddie Aid)

Olympic gold medal winner Dame Katherine Grainger and former founder Wainwright will lead a star-studded line-up of rowers for the flagship event of the six-week Doddie Aid 2023 campaign – The Doddie Aid Britannia Regatta.

On January 28, an event benefitting the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation will feature eight celebrity teams competing to row the farthest in three hours. The event will take place on the famous Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.

Dame Katherine, a six-time world champion in the sport of rowing, and a host of other well-known figures from rugby, television, music, and other sports, will be on hand to log as many miles as they can to support MND research. Dame Katherine won gold in the double-sculls event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jim Hamilton, Chris Paterson, and Roger Baird, all former Scotland internationals, along with television personalities Jason Fox, Louise Minchin, Jennifer Reoch, and Dougie Vipond, will also be attending the event.

The Doddie Aid Britannia Regatta is open to teams competing remotely throughout the UK. Participants can follow along via a live stream from the top deck of The Royal Yacht Britannia. There is also a leaderboard and prizes for those who want to support the club from their home, local gym, rugby club, or any other location with a rowing machine.

A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase in advance, with proceeds from all event sales donated to the foundation.

Booking in advance is required for this event, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia website to purchase tickets.

Doddie Aid runs until February 12, 2023.