Community fundraising diary 2014

We continue to be inspired by and grateful to everyone who supported the Centre in 2014 by taking part in a fundraising event.

The money raised through the activities highlighted below will directly help our researchers better understand the causes of MND and work towards their aim of slowing down or even stopping this devastating disease.

We would like to especially thank the following people for their kind support:

January 14

Thank you to Jane Mackie & the organisers of the Charity Burns Night Ceilidh in Stirling for donating £2,210 in aid of the Centre.


February 14

Many thanks to all the pupils in Arniston House, Fettes College who helped raise £3,000 by completing numerous 5k and 10k races in aid of the Centre.

Comedian Kevin Bridges took part in ITV’s Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire in aid of the Robert Ferguson Paulley Memorial Fund for MND Research, donating his £5,000 prize winnings to the Euan MacDonald Centre.

kevin bridges millionaire

Thanks to Alexander Scarrott for organising a cake bake in aid of the Centre.

Many thanks to Ian Laverty for completing the Three Peaks Challenge raising £250 for the Centre.

March 14

We are grateful to Lisa Money for raising £150 in aid of the Euan MacDonald Centre by giving up her much loved tea for Lent.
lisay money

April 14

Sincere thanks to colleague Jenny Durkin for taking part in the London Marathon in aid of the Centre; Jenny raised over £1,000 by completing this challenge.

jenny durkin

Many thanks to Kathleen Aitken for generating over £400 by hosting an evening of opera and song in the University of Edinburgh’s historic St Cecelia’s Hall.

Huge thanks to Lynne Currie who raised £500 for the Centre by completing the Bupa Great Edinburgh 10 Mile Run.

Thanks to Charles Robertson for raising £200 by hosting a fundraising Karaoke.

And thank you to Jenny Handley for her continued support of the Centre by completing the BUPA 10 mile run and raising £175 for the Centre.

May 14

When Colin Angus shaved off his beard to raise money in memory of his wife Janey, friends and family generously donated over £4,700 in support.

Colin Angus 1

The Robert Ferguson Paulley Memorial Fund for MND Research was set up in 2013 in loving memory of Robert Paulley. Robert’s friends have taken part in several fundraising races in 2014 including a six mile run at Strathclyde Park, the Loch Ness Marathon and the Great Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow. Together they raised over £4,000.

We really appreciate Euan’s cousin Angus Armstrong for walking 96 miles along the West Highland Way and in doing so raised £230.

Many thanks to Centre colleagues Cathy Bois, Eilidh Campbell, Denise Cranley, Rebecca Devon, Jenny Durkin, Anna Gibbons, Tom Gillingwater, Many Johnstone, Ramune Margeviciute, Phillipa Rewaj, Michele Riva, Craig Rutherford, Nina Raechorzek, Hannah Schlesinger and David Story for completing the Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay and raising £2,000 for the Centre.

staff in the marathon relay3

Claire Kelly also took part in the Edinburgh Marathon raising £200 for Spinal Muscular Atophy (SMA) at the Euan MacDonald Centre.

June 14

The Sandy Barclay Memorial Fund celebrates the life of Sandy Barclay whilst continuing the charity work Sandy was enthusiastically involved in. Many thanks to Lindsay Barclay and the Ballater Charitable Chiels for their continued generous support of the Centre; the 2014 Texas Scramble at Ballater Golf Club raised £15,000 which brings to the total raised in memory of Sandy to well over £100,000 over the past twelve years.

Congratulations to Margaret Lewis on celebrating her 80th birthday in June 2014; Margaret’s friends and family donated £265 in her honour.

August 14

Thank you to Brian Forbes and Joyce Thomson of East Lothian Co-op Bowling Club for organising a ten mile sponsored walk in aid of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research which raised almost £5,000.

Huge thanks to Sing in the City for donating £600 raised through hosting a coffee morning full of laughter, singing and even some dance moves; we were delighted when Sing in the City members visited the Centre to find out more about our work.

A massive thank you to EVERYONE who took part in the #icebucketchallenge in aid of the Centre.


September 14

We are really grateful to John and Amy for taking on a three day cycle from Strathclyde Park (Lanarkshire) to Bushmills Distillery (Northern Ireland) a journey of 165 miles.

Amy Bike Ride 2

November 14

Thank you to Nicholas Davidson and Sam Russell who made loom band bracelets and animals and sold them to their classmates to raise money for the Euan MacDonald Centre.


Huge thanks to Scott Hastings for organising a second fundraising quiz night in aid of the Centre; almost £10,000 was raised along with lots of laughs and fun.

Heartfelt thanks to Kevin Bridges, Katherine Ryan, Glen Wool, Gary Little, Dylan Moran and Rich Hall for taking part in a Charity Gala in aid of the Robert Ferguson Paulley Memorial Fund for MND Research. Everyone in the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment.

Kevin Bridges

December 14

We are grateful to the Andy McKenzie, Ashleigh Kelly, Jennifer McCluskey, Larry Anderson and Lesley Forrest (Charles Stewart House Finance Social Committee) for organising a charity Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 3rd December and special thanks to Graham Bailey for nominating the Euan MacDonald Centre to receive the £157.50 profits from this festive fundraiser.

Thank you to Peterculter Golf Club (Ladies Section) for donating £100 to the Centre.


We would like to share our praise and recognition to everyone who was involved in these events and their friends and families who supported them by donating, sponsoring, attending events, etc. Your support is hugely appreciated by everyone involved in the Euan MacDonald Centre.