Yetholm farm sale raises almost £5,000 for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir

Rugby legend Doddie Weir.Rugby legend Doddie Weir.
Rugby legend Doddie Weir.
Almost £5,000 has been raised for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir's motor neurone disease support appeal by a farm sale held at the weekend.

A sell-off of sheep and machinery held on Saturday by Harrison and Hetherington at Charles and Mary Symons’ Attonburn Farm, south of Yetholm, included the sale of a north country Cheviot gimmer in aid of the Doddie Weir 5 Trust.

An opening bid of £600 generated by offers on Facebook was the initial selling price, but purchaser Burns Haulage, of Morebattle, put the gimmer back up to be sold again.

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That process was repeated several times until the gimmer was finally bought by Kelso’s Floors Farming, again for £600.

The total collected for the trust on the day from the gimmer auction, a bucket collection and the sale of a ticket for the following day’s Newcastle United v Liverpool football match donated by James Herdman, of Edlingham, near Alnwick, was £4,779, though money is still being collected.

Further funds will be raised at a testimonial dinner being held at Battersea Evolution in London on Monday, November 6, hosted by Gabby Logan and promising big-name comedians and rugby players past and present. Tickets cost from £295.

A dinner also in aid of the trust in February at Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel has already sold out.

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Doddie, 47, of Stow, set up the trust earlier this year after revealing he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, an incurable degenerative condition.

“Since I made public my diagnosis, the response we have received from the rugby fraternity and the general public has been overwhelming,” said the former Melrose player, capped 61 times for Scotland.

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