GOOD causes across East Renfrewshire are quids in after being awarded cash raised by players of the National Lottery.

Almost £60,000 is being provided by the National Lottery Community Fund for projects that are supporting the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Among those to benefit is a Barrhead veteran who has been awarded £5,000 to maintain a memorial garden that honours those lost to suicide.

James McEwan created the space last year at the Barrhead Water Works as a fitting tribute to troubled troops who tragically took their own lives.

Barrhead News: James McEwan's memorial garden at the Barrhead WaterworksJames McEwan's memorial garden at the Barrhead Waterworks

It includes a memorial stone that was originally intended to list the names of victims of suicide who had served in the Armed Forces.

However, after realising the scale of the problem, 60-year-old James decided to also include the names of other members of the local community who have suffered a similar fate.

Now, thanks to the grant, James will be able to pay for the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of the memorial garden.

He has previously been awarded a £2,000 grant from East Renfrewshire Council and a further £2,000 from Barrhead Housing Association to meet these costs.

James told the Barrhead News: “I’d like to publicly thank them all on behalf of everyone who has been and is still involved, along with myself, at the memorial garden.

“When lockdown restrictions are eased with regards to Covid-19, we hope to get moving with the upgrading work on the garden, which will all be revealed soon.”

Also receiving a grant is the Tuesday Friendship Club, based in Barrhead, which will use its £7,730 award to provide disabled adult members with IT equipment so they can communicate and enjoy karaoke during the lockdown.

Friends at the End (FATE) has been handed just under £10,000 to support people at high risk of Covid-19 with their end-of-life wishes by helping them to prepare powers of attorney, advance directives and advance statements.

An award of £8,650 has been made to East Renfrewshire Faith Forum to help pay for the Festival of Colour event in Rouken Glen Park, with In Cahootz Limited receiving £8,000 for a mental health-themed drama workshop for young people that will culminate in a public performance.

The Magic of Showbiz receives £7,000 to stage a variety show for the community in Newton Mearns, while East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure has been given more than £6,000 to provide a library service to those who are unable to leave their home.

The final grant, for £5,185, goes to I Love Clarkston LTD, which will use the cash to organise community events.