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Medical Research Scotland was set up in 1953. Since then, it has awarded more than £33 million in grants for research in Scotland. One of its earliest grants was to Professor Ian Donald, for his pioneering work on obstetric ultrasound. The grants we're making today will have similarly long-lasting benefits for future generations. You can read about the work being done by more recent recipients of our grants by following the links on the left, or in our Annual Reports & Reviews

Recent Donations & Bequests

The Trustees would like to thank Mrs Barbara Stone for the donation of £10 for vascular research, which was collected at the funeral of her late husband, Robert James Stone.

The Trustees are grateful for the donation of £1350 in celebration of the golden wedding anniversary of George and Angus Strang. The donation is to be applied to research into neurological diseases & conditions.

The Trustees would like to thank the family of the late Janet's Dailly for the donation of £200, which was collected at her funeral.

An anonymous donation of £10.00 has been received with thanks.

The Trustees were pleased to receive a donation of £50 from Leslie Ross in honour and memory of Neil Christie.

An anonymous donation of £10.00 has been received with thanks.

The Trustees would like to thank Mary Gillan for her donation of £50, in lieu of gifts for a golden wedding anniversary and wedding.

The Trustees would like to thank the family and friends of the late Mr Neil James Christie for the donation of £500, which was collected at Mr Christie's funeral.

The Trustees were pleased to receive the sum of £250 from Elizabeth Williams-Duncan. This donation, in loving memory of Netta Duncan, is the result of a collection made by friends and family at Netta Duncan's funeral.

The Trustees would like to thank Mrs F Hendry for her donation of £50.

The Trustees thank Timothy Lawrie for his kind donation of £50.

An £18.75 donation from an anonymous donor has been gratefully received.

A £100 donation from an anonymous donor has been gratefully received.

An anonymous donation of £22.39 has been received with thanks.

The Trustees of The Walter P M Lawrie Trust have donated £2,000.

A donation of £300 has been received for research into arthritis and inflammatory diseases. This sum was collected at the funeral of the late Mr Francis (Frank) Massaro.

An anonymous donation of £3 has been received to be applied to research into neurological diseases & conditions.

When Mr & Mrs John Dirkie celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently, they suggested that, in lieu of gifts, their friends and family make donations to the couple's favourite charities. Medical Research Scotland is one of those charities to benefit and, as a result the sum of £400 will be used to support research into cancer, cardiac & cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and kidney diseases.

The Ladies Circle of East Kilbride's Claremont Church has donated the sum of £100 to the Trust as a result of the nomination of a member whose husband has recently benefited from a transplant.

The Trustees were delighted to learn recently of the legacy of £100,000 by the late Ms Mona Margaret Yule of Aberdeen, who had died in March 2014. These generous funds will be applied to the general funds of the Trust in support of medical research.

The Trustees were pleased to receive notification of the donation of £750 from the Nairn Trust and which will be used to support medical research.

Research into cancer and cardiovascular diseases will benefit from the recent donation of £1,025, being the proceeds of the sale of the jewellery belonging to the former McIntyre family of Portobello, Edinburgh.

Jodie Rennie and Drew Thom, P6 pupils at Letham Primary School in Perth, have donated the sum of £4.40 to support research into cancer. They raised the money by making paper planes which were sold in the school.

The Trust recently received an anonymous donation of £15.25, which had been made online.

Miss Catherine Wood has donated £200 for research into kidney diseases. This sum represents the proceeds of a collection made by her church fellowship following the memorial service held in Edinburgh for her late brother, who had died in South Africa.

Sums totalling £640 have been received for research into kidney diseases from the family and friends of the late Mr Arthur R. Bourne. The major part of this donation came from the retiral collection following the Thanksgiving Service in his memory and the rest from subsequent individual donations for the same purpose.

Mr Derek Hart and Mrs J Ryder recently donated a total of £245 to support research into arthritis

E.S. McGregor has donated £10 to be used for research into respiratory diseases.

Mrs Dawn Thomson has sent the Trust the sum of £630.25 to be used for research into respiratory diseases. This represents donations made following her mother's funeral and from car boot sales.

The Trust recently received an anonymous donation of £101.55 to be used for general medical research.

The Trust has received the sum of £12,500 from the estate of the late Mr Walter W. Wilson of Dumfriesshire. The sum will be used for general medical research.

Mr Craig Muir and others donated sums totalling £1,460 to be used for research into neuropathology.

Mrs Elizabeth Brown has donated the sum of £110 to the Trust for cancer research. This sum is half the amount donated by Mrs Brown's friends and family at her recent birthday party.

Mrs Hilda Cross has donated the sum of £20 to the Trust for research into kidney disease, in memory of her cousin, the late Mrs Ina Fletcher.

The Trust has received a donation of £750 from the Nairn Charitable Trust to be used for general medical research. The Trustees were pleased to learn that the Nairn Charitable Trust have decided to continue to support Medical Research Scotland for another year.

Mr David Handley has donated the sum of £15 for research into gastrointestinal diseases, in memory of the late (David) Neil Paterson. Now living in British Columbia, Mr Handley and Mr Paterson were fellow students of Forestry at the University of Edinburgh in the 1950's. This donation augments those made late in 2012 (see below).

Research into MS is the specified use for the substantial legacy from the estate of the late Dr Bryan Ashworth of Edinburgh recently notified to the Trust. The total value of the legacy to Medical Research Scotland is £564,564.Read more about Dr Ashworth and his legacy.

Mrs Agnes Ogden has recently made a commitment to donate the cumulative sum of £300 annually to be used to support research into cancer and into cardiovascular diseases. She is making these donations in memory of her late husband, who suffered from renal cell cancer.

Mr Robert Pirrie has donated the sum of £107 from the funeral collection for his late mother, Mrs May Pirrie. Mrs Pirrie had been a nurse in her youth and her late husband was a consultant physician, so the family thought it appropriate to donate to Medical Research Scotland.

Donations totalling over £145 have been received to date as a result of sponsorship by David Jackson, Malcolm Mair, Janice Robinson, Robert Keen, Jillian Matheson, James McLean, Ian Fraser, Margaret Mitchell and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, for "The Mighty Storks" team taking part in the Run Garioch event at Inverurie in March 2013.

The sum of £500 has been received from Mr Kenneth Swan, to be used to support cancer research.

The Trustees were pleased to receive the sum of £400 from the family of the late Ian Thomson of Aberdeen. This donation is the result of a collection made at his funeral and which the family have asked be used to help fund research into cardiac & vascular diseases, kidney disease and diabetes: all conditions from which Mr Thomson suffered.

The sum of £834.50 has been received from Mrs Judith Paterson of Dumfriesshire, being the proceeds of a retiral collection at the funeral of her late husband, (David) Neil Paterson. It was Mrs Paterson's wish that the sum will be used to support research into gastrointestinal disorders. Two further donations - £50 from Ms Helen Spence and £70 from Mr Anthony Clements - were also in Mr Paterson's memory and for the same purpose.

Mr William Robertson donated the sum of £25 to the Trust in memory of his Aunt Grace, this will be used to support medical research.

An anonymous donation of £50 was received to be used for general medical research.

The members of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh & Leith (No.291) recently agreed to donate £500 to the Trust for research into diabetes.

In June 2012 Mrs Eleanor Henneton and her husband Julien took part in the SEStran Two Capitals Cycle and raised a total of £467 (before Gift Aid) as sponsorship from friends and family in support of cardiac & vascular diseases research funded by Medical Research Scotland. This effort was in memory of her late uncle Brian Inches, a keen cyclist who took part in the same event last year, only days before his death. The Trust is very grateful for this second generous gift (see below) in memory of Mr Inches.

Ms Joyce Miller of Dunbartonshire recently donated the sum of £736 to the Trust to be used in support of research into cancer. This gift is the result of donations she received from her family, friends and neighbours (requested in lieu of presents) to mark the occasion of her 60th birthday.

A bequest of £1,000 has been received from the estate of the late Mrs Marion Catherine Kelly. As Mrs Kelly had not specified that her bequest be applied for research into any specific disease, the sum will be used to support general medical research.

The Trust recently received a donation of £300 from Mrs Ann Dunn of Edinburgh, being the proceeds of a collection made at the funeral of her late husband and with the request that this be used to support research into kidney disease.

The Trustees were delighted to learn of the donation of £10,000 from the W M Mann Foundation in support of the Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships. These awards have quickly become very popular and have shown themselves to be highly valued among students at Scotland's universities.

The Trustees are very grateful to have received a donation of £200, raised at the 80th birthday party of Mr Duncan McCallum, who specified that it should be used to support cancer research.

In late April 2012, the Trust received a donation of £500 to be applied to support research into respiratory diseases. The Trustees are grateful for this donation, which was the result of a funeral collection and the donor preferred to remain anonymous.

The Trust has received the sum of £1,907.50 for cardiovascular research, from Mrs Julie Inches of Kirkcaldy, in memory of her late husband, Brian. Following his sudden death last year, his family, friends, colleagues and others decided to raise funds for research. In addition to a retiral collection at the funeral, there was a charity night, a workplace collection and a grow & sell flowering plants initiative at Gallatown Nursery School.

The Trustees were pleased to learn of two further donations for kidney disease research from Mr W.A. Robb. The first was of £50 from the staff at Hiper Ltd and the second, for the same amount, from Mr Robb himself.

The Trust is grateful for the gift-aided donations amounting to £350 received in December 2011 from Mr Gordon Fowlis and other members of the family of their uncle, the late Mr William Fowlis of Dunfermline, for research into cardiovascular diseases.

The Trust is grateful for the gift of £200 received in late November 2011 from Mrs Mary Maltman of Ayrshire, for research into arthritis.

The Trust is grateful for the donation of £50 received in early November 2011 from Ms Shona Foulis for research into kidney disease.

The Trust is grateful for the donation of £550 received in early November 2011 from Mr W.A. Robb, in memory of his late mother (Mrs Margaret Y. Robb), for research into kidney disease.

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We support research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all diseases, we're not restricted to supporting any specific one. Your gift to us will be of most value if you don't specify a particular disease, but if you would prefer to be specific, then you can be assured that we will comply with your wishes.

Our endowment fund is split into a general fund, which we can use for supporting research into any disease and additional separate funds, which are earmarked for research into the following:

  • Neurological diseases
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney diseases
  • Cardiac & Vascular diseases

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