An NHS rugby team will go head-to-head with the Police on July 29 to raise vital funds for MND Scotland, playing for the inaugural Nisbet Memorial Shield.

The NHS All Black and Blue rugby team has been fundraising for various charities for the past three years. To date, the team has raised over £10,000 for various good causes and this year they have decided to support MND Scotland.

MND Scotland is a Scottish charity providing equipment, care and support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) across Scotland, as well as funding research to find a cure. MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe unaided.

The charity has burst into the spotlight in recent years.

Formed in 2013, the All Black and Blues have grown in strength and numbers and the team is made up from GPs, Paramedics, Nurses and Support Staff, as well as players whose partners or parents also work in the NHS.

The charity match kicks off at 3pm, with the event running from 2pm to midnight at Kilmarnock Rugby Club, featuring an action-packed afternoon, followed by an evening of live music, hot food and an auction and raffle.

This year both teams will be playing for the Nisbet Memorial Shield in memory of DC David Nisbet,who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on May 13 aged just 28.

David grew up in Dalleagles and Dalmellington before moving to the Isle of Arran in 1998 where he attended Arran High School. He also played rugby for the Arran junior rugby team.

In 2005 David followed his father into the Police Service and joined the Strathclyde Police Cadet programme.

In 2007 he was appointed a Constable by Strathclyde Police and worked at Irvine Police Office for several years before joining the CID, working in various roles throughout Ayrshire.

David has been described by many as a ‘true gentleman’. He was dedicated to his work and often went above and beyond in order to meet his own high standards.David is sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues and is survived by his parents Wilson and Fiona and his sister Elaine.

The Nisbet Memorial Shield is being sponsored by The Scottish Police Federation in fond memory of their colleague.

While the charity game is in aid of MND Scotland, a donation from the NHS All Black and Blues as well as proceeds from a collection on the day, will be made to the Wilson family to donate to a charity of their choosing.

David’s dad Wilson will be kicking off the match.

Tickets are a suggested donation of £10 for adults (£5 game only) and £5 for kids (£2.50 game only), and donations can be made on the day to watch the game.

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