Five years of Good Causes

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MORE than 750 people across East Renfrewshire have been helped by a charity founded by a resident just five years ago.

The latest figures from East Renfrewshire Good Causes – created by Newton Mearns man Russell Macmillan – show that at last month’s five year anniversary, 765 people had benefited from the £137,919 the charity had raised to date.

The fifth anniversary follows a target smash earlier this year, as ERGC reached the £100,000 mark – thanks, in part, to a win on ITV’S Holding Out for a Hero at the end of 2011.

For Russell, it’s important to “thank the many Extra readers who support us by donating regularly and running sponsored events”.

The founder knows all about giving thanks, as it’s his number one reason for starting up Good Causes back in 2007 — both he and wife Yvonne have been trying to “give back” to community since Russell received a life-saving kidney and pancreas transplant.

With East Renfrewshire council agreeing to cover the charity’s running costs, Russell and Yvonne have been able to do just that, using 100 per cent of their donations to fund good causes of all kinds.

Recent projects have included funding a ramp for a three-year-old consigned to a buggy due to disabilities, providing the materials to decorate the flat of a retired adult with medical problems and buying a therapeutic garden swing for the home of an autistic teen attending the Isobel Mair school.

Russell – also registered blind – now spends up to 40 hours a week on the charity, and has marked his fifth year on the project by inviting two more members onto the board

Signing on to help East Renfrewshire’s residents in need are Jane Richmond, who runs local business Chauffeur Tour Scotland and Stevie Watt, an East Ren-based chartered accountant.

On joining the ERGC team, Stevie commented: “I was delighted to accept an invitation to join the board of such a well-run local charity”.

Jane added an “appeal for others to join this great endeavour to love our neighbours – it’s a privilege and joy to be part of the effort”.

To find out more about donating, visit or call Russell on 639 8230.