Please support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
By John Duncan
Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons. A talented, committed and athletic lock forward,
Doddie is now facing his biggest challenge. In June 2017 the Scot revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help find a cure for this devastating and, as yet, incurable disease. Driven by his frustration at the lack of progress in the treatment of MND and the absence of options for those given this awful diagnosis, Doddie and his Trustees (Scott Hastings, Finlay Calder, John Jeffrey, Gary Armstrong) established the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, launched at Murrayfield ahead of the Scotland v New Zealand match in November 2017. At the one-year anniversary of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, £1 million has been committed to research projects and to offer practical support to those affected by MND. We will match this amount in year 2.
“ It is frustrating that there has been so little progress over the last two decades. I want to push the need for research into MND further up the agenda. We may be too late in finding something that can help me, but I am committed to doing everything I can to help find a cure.” My attitude is that you should do what you can today and worry about tomorrow when it comes. This is the card I’ve been dealt so I’ve just got to crack on”
Drumlanrig Castle-A family welcome awaits you at Drumlanrig Castle
The Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry for generations, the Castle is yours for a unique opportunity to experience Scotland’s premium shoot and one of Britain’s grandest castles. Tucked away in the heart of beautiful, rural Dumfriesshire, immerse yourself in history at majestic Drumlanrig Castle. With 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers, you’ll know from first glance that you’re entering a very special place. The finely hewn red sandstone that gives the ‘Pink Palace’ its affectionate name, adds to the beauty of what is regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland.
As you stand beneath the Castle’s imposing façade you’ll take in the same breathtaking views across the Nith Valley that convinced the first Duke of Queensberry to build his ancestral home here. And if you think it’s beautiful on the outside, wait until you see what’s waiting for you inside. The grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases, ornate period features and cosy parlours give you an intimate taste of life through the centuries. The exquisite rooms themselves are home to stunning paintings, tapestries and objects d’art and many pieces from the internationally acclaimed Buccleuch Collection including Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading and family portraits by Gainsborough.
What’s included in your package
- Luxury private transfers to and from the castle from your arrival port.
- Personally hosted by the Duke of Buccleuch throughout your stay.
- Private tour of the castle and gardens by the Duke.
- Viewing of one of the world’s greatest private art collections,The Buccleuch Collection.
- Rare opportunity for you and a partner to stay within the unique17th century castle.
- Luxury gifts for you and your partner.
- Exclusive day’s shooting on the Queensberry Estate for a maximum of eight guns with a mixed bag of partridge and pheasant.
- Well-known celebrity loaders from the rugby world.
- Intimate dinners each night with celebrity guests, with a feast of game from Drumlanrig Estate prepared by the Duke’s own cook.
- Premium wine pairing with dinner.
- Post-dinner entertainment with a Scottish theme.
- Selection of specially tailored leisure options for non-shooting partners including a trip to the stunning Crawick Multiverse, Land Rover tour of the Estate, yoga or fishing lessons with the River Manager.
- All F&B and transport around the Queensberry Estate.
- Premium post event memento.
Wednesday 20 November
PM Arrival at the castle by private transfer
16:30 Afternoon tea with the Duke
18:00 Tour of the castle and art collection
19:00 Welcome drinks reception
20:00 Dinner hosted by the Duke and well-known faces
from the rugby world
TBC Retire to castle bedrooms
Thursday 21 November
08:00 Breakfast in the Old Stewards Room
09:00 Departure for day’s shooting*
11:00 Morning break – tea, coffee and cake
14:30 Shoot continues
16:30 Afternoon tea
19:00 Pre-dinner drinks in the Drawing Room
21:30 Entertainment followed by nightcaps and whisky
Friday 22 November
08:00 Breakfast in the Old Stewards Room
09:00 onwards Departures by private transfer
If you are interested in bidding on this then please contact John Duncan at Roxtons or Camille Green at email@example.com
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