My Name'5 Doddie
Founded by Doddie Weir OBE, one of rugby's most recognisable personalities, My Name'5 Doddie was set up in 2017 to battle Motor Neuron Disease.
As an international rugby player, Doddie earned 61 caps for Scotland and became a fan favourite among the Murrayfield faithful.
In June 2017, Doddie revealed he was suffering from Motor Neuron Disease. From the outset Doddie has striven to help other sufferers of this, as yet, incurable disease.Interview
This November we're launching Doddie’s Charity Whisky Auction, with all proceeds going to the My Name’5 Doddie foundation to research the causes of MND and investigate potential cures.About the Auction
The whisky industry has rallied around the cause and provided some fantastic expressions for the auction.
The auction includes a ‘Keepers of Quaich’ rare private single cask bottling of Strathisla, Talisker, Highland Park and Glenfiddich that is likely to attract whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors alike, while the Worshipful Company of Liverymen have offered up two bottles of their Master's Cask single malt, of which only 200 bottles were produced.
An equally rare 38-year-old Royal Salute ‘Stone of Destiny’ will attract interest from both home and abroad, as will a bottle from one of Speyside's iconic distilleries - Balvenie Signature Batch No.1 from 2007- alongside some exceptionally rare Glenfiddich, Macallan, Glenrothes and Glen Moray. Highly sought-after single malts from Scotland's island distilleries are well represented, with rare bottles from Tobermory, Arran, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Jura and Kilchoman.
We have more than 50 bottles in our charity auction but here are just a few of our highlights...
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The auction will run Wednesday 11th - Sunday 22nd November alongside our regular auction lots. You'll be able to identify charity bottles by the My Name'5 Doddie logo on the bottle image.
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For a limited time only, registration will cost just £1 with all registration fees being donated to the My Name'5 Doddie foundation. Promotion ends 22nd November.
How much will go to charity?
We are charging 0% seller's commission and every penny of the hammer price, buyer's commission and registration fees will go to the My Name'5 Doddie foundation.
Rugby legend, Doddie Weir, is leading the charge against Motor Neuron Disease.
Finding a cure is his focus, and positivity his greatest pill.
Diagnosed in 2016, Doddie’s doctor told him he would be in a wheelchair within a year. Three and a half years on, Doddie is still walking, still working on his farm, and stopping at nothing to find a cure for MND. Earlier this year Doddie spoke to Whiskeria about his fight, his foundation and his love of a good dram, ahead of Doddie’s Charity Whisky Auction, taking place via The Whisky Shop Auctions this November.
Congratulations on all the incredible work you and the team are doing through the My Name’5 Doddie foundation! For those who may not know, can you explain what Motor Neuron Disease is, and how it is affecting you?
It’s a muscle-wasting disease caused by a chemical imbalance from your brain to your muscles. Your leg muscles disappear so you can’t walk, your arm muscles disappear so you can’t hold things, brush your teeth, put your clothes on, shower, shave – it makes life quite tricky! It goes on to affect your speech, your swallowing and your diaphragm, so eventually you can’t breathe by yourself. It’s quite a horrific thing to happen to you.
From my rugby days, I’ve always understood that teamwork brings about the best results, and the more we have on the team, the better the position we’ll be in to conquer MND.
Soon after your diagnosis, you launched your foundation My Name’5 Doddie. Why did you decide to set it up?
In life, I’ve always thought, when you’ve got a problem, what do you do? You try and fix it.
The problem with MND is that there’s no cure, nothing for patients to get involved in and no positive space for them. When a patient gets diagnosed with MND they need to self-cure. By that, I mean they need to go home, go on their computer and search on Google for cures and remedies. Patients need to decide for themselves what’s good and what’s bad, and I don’t think that should be the way it’s done. So that’s what we’re changing with the foundation.
It’s no secret that you’re a fan of a dram! Can you remember your first taste of whisky?
Well, whisky’s been a major part of my life for many years, and still is. My whisky journey really kicked off during my rugby days. I remember being at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews with a few of the rugby boys when Duncy Paterson, our manager at the time, bought us a round of Glen Grant 1936. £131 a dram! And this was in 1990. That was probably my first introduction to whisky. And not a bad one at that.
There’s been a lot of good drams taken over the years. I’m sure when I got my first cap, I had a lot of whisky that night. I can’t really remember it, but we’ll say it was nice!
Running the foundation has allowed us to spend almost £5 million, just two and a half years into our journey.
You’re known for your self-deprecating sense of humour, but you’ve achieved so much! What has been your proudest moment so far?
For me, it’s the help I’ve received. From this whisky auction, to school kids baking, to people going on walks and bike rides to raise money for the foundation – the people who have supported me have been incredible, so, truly, it’s them that I salute. I appreciate all the work they’ve put in. And together we’ll make a difference, together we’ll give MND a bit of a fright. So, it’s not about what I’ve achieved, it’s about the support I’ve received. It’s been unbelievable and I think that’s why I’m still here and I’m still fighting. So, thank you.
As well as bidding on their favourite dram in Doddie’s Charity Whisky Auction, how else can people get involved with the My Name’5 Doddie foundation?
You can find fundraising ideas and more information about the foundation over at myname5doddie.co.uk. If you’d like to support us now, absolutely brilliant, if not, save the pennies for this magnificent auction!