Our History

MND Scotland was founded in 1981 by John Macleod.

40 years of fighting back...

Forty years ago, police officer John Macleod (born 30th October 1947) set up the Scottish MND Association from his living room, two years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 33.

Supported by his loving wife Peggy, their family, friends and John’s police colleagues, a new charity was born in 1981, which aimed to provide support for others going through this frightening disease.

Today, the charity that John and Peggy began supports hundreds of people living with MND. Awareness of MND has never been higher and today MND Scotland invests millions of pounds in cutting-edge MND research.

And forty years of progress has meant that almost everyone living with MND in Scotland can now take part in pioneering clinical trials to find new medical treatments.

We’ve come a long way in 40 years, and none of this would be possible without your support.

But the fight isn’t over. Find out more.


The Cornflower - A Symbol of Hope

The blue cornflower is the International Flower of Hope for MND. It was chosen because it represents positive hope for the future and our determination to continue the fightback against MND. Thanks to supporters like you, we can power ground-breaking research across the UK, which is taking us closer to a cure. Together we will beat MND