Scottish Motor Neurone Association - fund raising

Fund Raising!

By September 1981, £40,000 had been raised. Now the Association funds are in excess of £500,000. A Research Programme supported by it at Strathclyde University is known as the John Macleod Fellowship. None of this would have been possible without John’s vision and the dedicated support of those early committee members.

In 1983, the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Society recognised John’s courage and perseverance by awarding him Cuach Comunn Leodhais agus Na Hearadh, its annual award to the islander bringing most honour to himself and to his island during the past year.

Towards the end of his life, I often sat with John when Peggy was out. John could not speak and the television did not interest him. I asked him to indicate whether he would like me to read from the Bible.

He assented happily. One of our favourite readings was from the second version of Psalm 143:

Lo, I do stretch my hands to thee my help alone,

For thou well understands all my complaint and moan:

My thirsting soul desires and longeth after thee,

As thirsty ground requires with rain refreshed to be

The Western Isles Branch of SMND was very active in the early days of the association with most of the fundraising in Lewis done in Tolsta. In fact almost every man, woman and child in Tolsta contributed in some way to the SMNDA.