A survey form completed by Borders MP David Mundell has given a motor neuron disease (MND) charity a welcome boost.
The Scottish Secretary took time to give his views on a variety of topical subjects when he noticed that a charity of his choice would benefit.
He opted to donate the £200 offered by the research organisation to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which was set up last year by former Scotland rugby union internationalist Doddie Weir after he was diagnosed as having MND.
Mr Mundell had previously been impressed by the efforts of constituent Hilary Carmichael, of Forest Cottages, Boreland, a prolific local charity fundraiser and rugby fan, who has organised a number of events for Doddie’s foundation.
The MP said, like many people, he had known friends and colleagues who battled MND, including political researcher Gordon Aikman, the Better Together research director during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. He died last year, aged 31, after an illness in which he successfully campaigned to double the number of specialist MND nurses in Scotland, secured them NHS funding and also raised more than £500,000 for research.
z David Mundell presents a cheque to Hilary Carmichael as her husband, Bill, looks on.