Geoff Burrow demands ‘no more government delays’ following Doddie Weir’s death

Rob Burrow’s dad, Geoff, has called for the government to deliver on their promises following the death of former Scotland and British Lions Rugby Union player Doddie Weir from MND.

The government stated in November last year they would invest £50 million funding for motor neurone disease (MND) related research to find a cure, but action has yet to be taken on that promise with no funds released.

In a passionate plea on Twitter following Weir’s sad passing, Geoff Burrow tweeted: “SO SAD to hear about Rugby Legend Doddle Weir a true champion and such a lovely kind human being RIP Doddle 🙏 SO NOW COME ON GOVERNMENT – cut all “Red Tape” and give the so called “promises” of funding of £50 million over 5 years. NO MORE DELAYS PLEASE”

It comes after son Rob, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019, told the BBC that they ‘had blood on their hands’ for failing to deliver on their promises regarding the funds for MND research.

He said: “I’ve heard it is curable but underfunded in the past, with the money supposedly coming from the government, the money Kev has raised, over £6 million, would start it off but this Tory government has blood on their hands because it kills six people every day.”

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