As one of rugby’s most recognised players and having earned 61 caps in his career for Scotland, Doddie Weir OBE now faces his biggest challenge, having been diagnosed with MND (Motor Nerone Disease) in June 2017. That November, Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to help raise funds for research into the condition and provide support to others diagnosed with MND and their families.
In 2018 The Wee Farm Distillery released a special edition of their Drovers Gin as ‘Doddie’s Gin’ to help raise money for the charity. Then in 2019, Burleigh’s Gin at 45 West Distillers, brought in Doddie to create his own gin along with head distiller Ed Gibson.
“Besides highlighting the many brilliant Scottish Gins being produced in Scotland, along with the people and places, each year we hope we can use the ISGD platform as an opportunity to highlight a great Scottish charity to the world. We felt it was very appropriate having read his book, followed his story closely and having been moved by his determination and bravery, that we give this charity spot to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and we plan to highlight the charity over the course of 2019.”
Martin & Natalie Reid, ISGD Co-Founders