Grangemouth business teams up with ex-Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir to tackle MND
A Grangemouth firm has teamed up with a campaign launched by an ex-Scotland rugby star to help tackle motor neuron disease (MND).
Rix Petroleum (Scotland) Ltd, which is based in Powdrake Road, is partnering up with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to raise funds for research into the devastating disease.
The charity was set up by Doddie Weir OBE and close friends after the former international was diagnosed with MND in 2017.
The organisation has two main objectives: to raise funds to invest in MND, and to support people living with the disease and help them live as full a life as possible.
Gail Fawcett, Rix Petroleum business unit manager at its Grangemouth depot, is confident the company can support the organisation by raising a significant sum.
She said: “My Name’5 Doddie is such a worthwhile cause, we want to do them proud.
“We’re planning a lot of activities that we can do despite Covid. We’re determined that won’t hamper our efforts.”
Mark Cessford, general manager at the fuel firm’s Montrose base, said: “Doddie Weir OBE is a national hero in Scotland and a household name to rugby fans across the world.
“So, when he announced he had been diagnosed with MND, it really brought home that developing this awful condition can happen to anyone.
“As someone who has followed his career, I admire the way he has brought as much grit and determination to his personal fight and to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as he did his rugby.
“Naturally then, when it became time for us to choose a charity to support, this was top of our list.”
To help the charity, Rix Petroleum has created point-of-sale material for their depots to inform customers about its work and has appealed for donations.
The company has also taken its support of the foundation on the road by displaying branding on the back of a tanker to help spread its message.
Rix Petroleum is also putting together a range of Covid-friendly fundraising events.
The business will also raise money at any agricultural shows that are able to go ahead in 2021.