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PICTURES: Banff Rugby Club's 45th anniversary ball supports Doddie Weir foundation

By Kyle Ritchie

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Banff Rugby Club's 45th anniversary charity ball raised £3000 for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

The event was held in the town's Fife Lodge Hotel and proved to be a great success as past and present players and people involved with the club celebrated its history.

The money was raised for the motor neurone disease charity, founded by the late Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, through an auction and raffle.

The top lot was a bust of the Scotland international player in his famous tartan created by renowned artist Jan Miller of Penicuik.

The buyer donated it to the Banff Rugby Club and it will now take pride of place in the team's clubhouse.

The evening's special guest after dinner speaker was former Scotland international, British Lions and Barbarians player Craig Chalmers.

Retired sports journalist Dave Edwards was the compere and put the various items under the hammer. Music on the evening was provided by local band Wonderland.

Banff Rugby Club president Alexandra Harris said: "Special thanks go to everyone who organised the event, came along and supported the evening and to our sponsors and local businesses who donated auction or raffle prizes.

"Many thanks to compere and auction master for the evening Dave Edwards and special guest speaker Craig Chalmers who told lots of stories about his rugby life."

The foundation was created by Doddie Weir in 2017 after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

It is committed to helping improve the lives of those affected by MND.

It helps to fund grants, giving considerable sums to the MND Association and MND Scotland to administer to individuals and families living with the disease.

It works in partnership with existing frontline care providers to ensure the needs of patients and their families are understood and met.

It initiates and encourages research to better understand the information and support the needs of patients and their loved ones.

Doddie Weir succumbed to the disease in November 2022.

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