John MacLeodIn 1981, MND Scotland was founded by John MacLeod, a 32 year old Strathclyde police officer. Together with his wife, Peggy, their family and friends, they started the charity to help those with MND in Scotland.

At the time John was diagnosed, services were limited and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition. Many people diagnosed with the condition were regularly told to go home and put their affairs in order as nothing could be done.

MND Scotland has worked to address these problems ever since.

Download our 30 Years of Progress booklet [PDF, 2.3Mb] which gives a brief history of the charity since its inception.


The Cornflower


The Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanis) is the International Flower of Hope for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and was chosen due to its similarity in character to those who are affected by this condition. It represents the positive hope for the future, and is a humble reminder of nature’s simple beauty and the fullness of life’s cycle.

The Blue Cornflower can be seen in a huge variety of locations worldwide. Fragile in its appearance, it is a very courageous plant, being able to withstand all the elements that nature throws at it, including both frost and drought. When you relate this to people with this disease, you see that MND can affect anyone from anywhere. At times the physical appearance of those affected by MND may seem fragile and delicate, but their thoughts, actions and spirit reflect their constant courage and determination to cope and confront head-on the complexities of this disease, and the ever-increasing number of challenges that it presents. Those affected by the condition show great resolve, strength of character and bravery by refusing to surrender and choosing to live life to the fullest of their capabilities.

The Cornflower begins to bloom in June, which is why we have our MND Awareness Week in June. As the flower grows, so does the awareness of MND and the hope for a future cure.