Co-op plastic bag charges will help a neighbour near you

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It’s another week of good news for Good Causes, and the many vulnerable people helped by the group in East Renfrewshire.

The charity has been chosen as a recipient of the Co-op Local Fund, putting all those 5p plastic bag charges to good use in your community.

That means a £1,500 cheque for East Ren Good Causes, which helps to fund odd jobs from laptops for young carers to home adaptations for the disabled.

The outcome was decided by a public vote on social media, with the Prince’s Trust and British Red Cross picking up a further £750 each from the Co-op in Newton Mearns.

Russell Macmillan — who founded ERGC to “give back” following a life-saving double transplant in 2007 — thanked his wife, fellow director Yvonne, for entering the competition.

He added: “I would also like to say a massive thank you to Facebook groups Mearns Gossip Girls and Sell and Swap Clarkston and to local churches for sharing info on the Co-op Local Fund and to everyone else who voted for us, ensuring that this £1,500 will go to love neighbours in a street near you.

“We are trying to give our neighbours a helping hand, and this money is likely to be match-funded by other groups to solve whatever problems arrive on our own patch.”

For more info on the charity, visit or call Russell on 639 8230.