Our History

MND Scotland was founded in 1981 by John Macleod.

The Beginning

John Macleod, born 30th October 1947, was a Strathclyde Police officer who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 1981, at the age of 33. Together with his wife, Peigi, 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. John’s aim was to help change this and the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association was born. 

For more information on our history and how we’ve grown as an organisation, read our 30 Years of Progress.


The Cornflower

The blue cornflower is the International Flower of Hope for MND. It was chosen because it represents positive hope for the future.


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