A CHARITY has renamed a building in honour of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir after receiving a £25,000 donation from his foundation.

Leuchie, which supports people living with neurological conditions including MND, has been able to replace and upgrade equipment at its accessible self-catering holiday accommodation in East Lothian as a result of the cash boost from the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. 

The refurb will enable families and carers to enjoy quality time together in a beautiful surrounding, the charity said.

In appreciation of the donation, Leuchie – based in North Berwick – has renamed Denis Duncan House to Doddie Weir House.

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The special occasion was marked with a sign unveiling with Doddie Weir’s wife Kathy, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation trustee Scott Hastings, and Leuchie patron Gavin Hastings. 

Kathy said: “Having a holiday as a family was so important to us when Doddie was living with MND.

“It’s great that My Name’5 Doddie Foundation can support Leuchie to help families in a similar situation. He would be very proud to have the house named after him.”

Weir – who was capped 61 times for Scotland – died in November last year after a six-year battle with MND.

The works at Leuchie will take place in early January and will not affect any booked holidays.

Leuchie CEO Mark Bevan said: “A family break is something many of us enjoy, or even take for granted. But, if you have a physically disabled family member, there are very few truly accessible and highly equipped places to enjoy a break together. 

“With the help of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, Leuchie’s purpose-built self-catering house in Dirleton will enable any family which has a disabled member to enjoy a fantastic break together.

“Kathy Weir has talked about how important family holidays were for her, Doddie and the boys and how difficult these were towards the end because nowhere was equipped to meet their needs.

“Leuchie is proud to name the house in memory of Doddie and all that he stood for, including having a great time with family and friends.”