Make a wish come true for Christmas

Charity founder Russell Macmillan hopes to fulfill this year's wish list
Charity founder Russell Macmillan hopes to fulfill this year's wish list

Writing up a wish list to send to Santa? East Renfrewshire Good Causes founder Russell Macmillan is doing the same — but his is addressed to all his neighbours.

The Newton Mearns man launched a pre-Christmas wish list in The Extra last year, asking those with cash to spare to sponsor a good deed the charity hasn’t yet found funding for.

By May this year, the group had fulfilled every item — amounting to £15,000 — on last year’s list, all helped by a cash boost during the festive season.

ER Good Causes specialises in helping the area’s most vulnerable with odd jobs and good deeds — and Russell hopes to make Christmas special for yet more neighbours in need.

Russell — who founded the charity in 2007 as a way of giving back after a life-saving double transplant — told The Extra: “I’m appealing to Extra readers to love some of our own neighbours this Christmas, and ensure that the many good causes — as identified by local teachers and housing, health and social and care workers — get funding for the items they are currently lacking.

“I’m so fortunate to get satisfaction by helping someone else. It’s the best kind of pleasure, and I invite others to join in with me.”

Items included on ERGC’s wish list include a carpet for a house with bare floorboards, where a young carer looks after a disabled single parent and an even younger sibling.

The charity also hope to buy an iPad with specialist software to help a young stroke victim, materials for the Stables Dementia Centre in Eastwood Park and various items to help a cancer patient in need.

Russell added: “Please share the celebration of Christmas with a neighbour in your street. Whether it’s a small, large or ongoing monthly amount, we’ll ensure it’s used in our own East Ren area.

“My thanks to all who make our area such a fantastic, caring place to live.”

To find out more about sponsoring an item on the wish list, or about donating to the charity, call 639 8230, visit www.ergoodcauses.co.uk or write to ERGoodCauses, 8 Blackfarm Road, Newton Mearns G77 5HT.