Wednesday, 22 May 2024
Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Firefighter joins SFRS Doddie Aid Cycle Team to raise funds for MND and remember his dad

A firefighter based at Clydebank Community Fire Station is taking part in a 555-mile cycle to remember his late father and to help find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Crew Commander Willie Wilson is joining a 13-strong team from East and West Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Bute who have entered Doddie Aid – an event which raises money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by the late rugby legend Doddie Weir.

Willie’s father, also called William sadly passed away in 2008 at age 54, after being diagnosed with MND. He was a fit and active man who worked in Glasgow’s shipyards, as well as offshore and he played football.

Firefighter joins SFRS Doddie Aid Cycle Team to raise funds for MND and remember his dad
Willie Wilson.

Willie who lives in Glasgow said:

“It’s a horrible illness, to see someone deteriorate from being a healthy person to becoming bedbound, but my dad had a strong spirit and character. I have seen resilience in some people with MND. Doddie Weir is a great example, he did amazing work for the cause. I was really keen to get involved in this challenge. I know MND is vastly underfunded. I’ll be a bit apprehensive but I’ve been doing a lot of training and building up the miles.”

Since his dad died, Willie has been an avid fundraiser and supporter of MND charities. He’s completed firewalks, half marathons, four marathons and a bungee jump.

The team left Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium yesterday and will arrive at Murrayfield, Edinburgh for the Scotland v Wales Six Nations match on Saturday, February 11. The 555-mile cycle will be a continuous ride throughout the 48 hours.

The mission of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation is to raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures. They also make grants to individuals suffering from MND.

Donate to SFRS Doddie Aid Team from EWDAB.

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