Thought For The Day – Monday 28th November 2022
Former Scotland rugby union international George “Doddie” Weir OBE passed away at the weekend at the age of 52, six years after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Doddie played 61 times for Scotland and was also a British and Irish Lion. He was an inspirational forward and leader on and off the field. He played in championship-winning club teams.
After he was diagnosed, Doddie went on to raise millions of pounds for charity, despite suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, and was an awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019.
Motor Neurone Disease is a rare condition affecting the brain and nerves. It eventually leads to death, but some people live with the condition for many years. Symptoms of motor neurone disease include muscle weakness, twitches, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing. The symptoms get worse over time.
True heroes are those in our local community, and beyond, who resiliently, humbly and gracefully do their best, help others and think of others, in whatever way, despite experiencing massive challenges. Their legacy of love is timeless.