Our corporate supporters have helped fund MND Scotland’s vital services and to power cutting-edge MND research.
This page is an acknowledgement to all of you – thank you!
If you would like to nominate MND Scotland as your Charity of the Year, or if you would like to learn more about how your business can support the work of MND Scotland, please contact:
Corporate Partnerships Manager
T: 0141 332 3903
In March 2017, the ScotRail Alliance (a partnership between ScotRail and Network Rail Scotland) announced that their staff members had selected MND Scotland as their new charity partner (2017-2020) following an internal staff poll.
The ScotRail Alliance initially set a fundraising target of £150,000 per year for MND Scotland, which they have consistently exceeded due to the enormous generosity of ScotRail Alliance customers and staff.
MND Scotland has been working hard to facilitate staff members’ fundraising activities, from adrenaline events like skydives and walking over burning hot coals, to organising bucket collections and bake sales – even signing up to trek the Great Wall of China to raise money for the charity.
Sophie Nightingale, Community Investment Manager at the ScotRail Alliance, said: “Working with MND Scotland has been fantastic. At the start of the partnership, the team took the time to understand our business – and have continued to deliver beyond our expectations.
“Our staff love the dedicated online fundraising hub and have engaged with the charity in a way never experienced before at ScotRail Alliance. MND Scotland have worked tirelessly to engage every station, depot and office and the results speak for themselves.
“It is no surprise that thanks to their experience, enthusiasm and dedication we continue to exceed all of our fundraising targets.”
“If you are looking for a fun, engaging, meaningful, exciting, moving partnership, MND Scotland is for you!”
In 2019, the Scottish Sun announced that they had selected MND Scotland as their charity of the year. The newspaper was a lead sponsor at the MND Scotland Cornflower Ball in 2019 and also supported the MND Scotland Fun Run at Strathclyde Country Park.
In addition to this, they provided the charity with the opportunity to share personal MND stories to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
Alan Muir, Editor of The Scottish Sun, said: "We're proud and humbled to be working alongside MND Scotland. It is a condition which has affected us as a staff, not only because we write stories about it, but also because it stole a dear colleague from us.
"Our partnership helps us and our readers play some small part in, hopefully, helping find a cure for this awful disease.
"But we can have fun, too...while remembering that life is about living and giving. The MND Scotland team are a great bunch of people to work with - always open to any ideas and suggestions.
"Let's do it!"
In 2019, Edinburgh-based company Nucleus Financial began supporting MND Scotland in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
A spokesperson for Nucleus Financial said: “Raising money for our charity partner enables us to give something back while testing our limits. Every year we come together to think of new fundraising ideas, and whether it’s trekking across mountains, jumping out of planes or baking cakes, we put our all into it. And for a small company, we’ve raised some pretty hefty amounts. This means that each year our targets (and challenges) get bigger and bigger.
"This year we want to raise money for MND Scotland, and every penny will make a real difference to the lives of people with MND.”
We were thrilled to be shortlisted by staff at Davidsons Chemists to be their Charity of the Year for 2019, winning the public vote shortly after.
A spokesperson for Davidsons Chemists said: "MND Scotland is a charity that is close to many of staff members’ hearts. It is with this, that we, at Davidsons Chemists, are very excited to start fundraising throughout 2019 in order to make a valuable impact.
"As similar to previous years, our branches will host fundraising events both large and small. We will also have collection cans on the counters of all our 37 branches across Scotland - those pennies really do add up."
Leonardo in the UK, based in Edinburgh, selected MND Scotland as its 2-year charity partner between 2017-2019. A number of staff members had been directly impacted by Motor Neurone Disease and this led to staff members selecting MND Scotland in a staff vote.
A spokesperson for Leonardo in the UK said: “Over the past two years our employees have completed zip slides, abseils, bake sales, quizzes and many more activities to raise funds for MND Scotland.
“From the beginning, we’ve been keenly aware of the fact that MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity which provides care and support to people affected by MND, as well as funding vital research into finding a cure. Some of our employees have been personally affected by this disease and feel passionate about funding future research.
“We’ve built a fantastic relationship with the charity through Morag McGown, who has been present at many of our initiatives.
“We’re delighted that employees’ cumulative efforts have raised a final total of £21,419.25 for this important charity, which is breaking new ground not only in the treatment of MND but in improving the quality of life for those who are living with this condition, as well as their families.”
Family-owned, field-to-bottle distiller, Arbikie Distillery, announced in 2019 that it would be supporting MND Scotland by making an on-going donation for each bottle of AK’s gin sold.
Arbikie is based on the east coast of Scotland and is owned and run by the Stirling brothers. The pair named their AK’s Gin after their father, Alex Kirkwood Stirling, who recently passed away after living with MND for a number of years.
Iain Stirling, Director of Arbikie Distillery, said: “Our family is keen to support the great work already being done by our partners to support, prevent and cure Motor Neurone Disease whilst also celebrating the life of our father Alex Stirling.
“Our father was a humble and hard-working farmer who, along with our mother, gave us a great start to our drinks business and inspires us to create a truly world class family of spirits.
“Everything that goes into our drinks is grown by our farming business that was built by our mum and dad, and it just seemed an appropriate way to keep Dad’s memory alive and to give something back”.
We are delighted that the employees of Chivas Brothers selected MND Scotland to be the company's Charity of the Year for 2019-2020. The company is behind some of the best-loved whisky brands in the world, including the Glenlivet, Chivas Regal, and Aberlour.
Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability and Responsibility at Chivas, said: “We’re delighted that MND Scotland is Chivas Brothers’ Charity of the Year for 2019/20.
“Here at Chivas Brothers, we are passionate about giving back to the communities our employees live and work in and as a national charity with a local heart, MND Scotland was the stand out winner of our employee vote.
“We look forward to working together and enabling the charity to ensure it can reach all those affected by Motor Neurone Disease across Scotland.”
Morag McGown | Corporate Partnerships Manager