Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir is "toasting the generosity of whisky lovers" after more than £50,000 was raised for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation (MN5DF) thanks to an online whisky auction.

Rare bottles and brands went under the hammer in the auction, organised and run by The Whisky Shop, offered up many famous names and unique whiskies.

And, the rarity of some of the famous malts on offer caught the imagination of collectors and connoisseurs alike.

Due to coronavirus restrictions in place across the country, the auction quickly became one of the biggest fund-raising events for MN5DF this year.

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Funds raised will continue to support drug trials and research into Motor Neuron Disease, which Doddie was diagnosed with almost four years ago.

Foundation chief executive Jill Douglas said: “We are absolutely blown away by the generosity shown by the bidders in this very special whisky auction.

“It has been a tough few months for all charities and we are also very conscious that people are experiencing uncertainty and hardship so we want to thank everyone involved.

"A great many people worked so hard to make this a success and a huge thank you goes to the distilleries and individuals who donated this very special selection of whiskies - they have given collectors and whisky lovers a chance to buy some unique bottles while supporting our Foundation."

She added: “We have just celebrated our third anniversary and are pleased to report we have committed £5.8million into MND Research and a further £1million towards supporting people with motor neuron disease.

“This is only possible through your wonderful and continued support. And we have big plans for 2021 so watch this space!"

Weir was diagnosed with MND in 2017 and went on to found the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

He began his rugby career at Melrose RFC before going on to play for Scotland and Newcastle Falcons.