An East Renfrewshire charity will feature in the latest episode of one of the BBC’s longest-running television shows.

A crew from Songs of Praise interviewed Russell Macmillan, founder of East Renfrewshire Good Causes (ERGC), for this Sunday’s programme, which will be screened on BBC One at 1.15pm.

Russell, who is registered blind, will tell how his strong Christian faith guides him as he uses small acts of kindness to help those in need.

He launched ERGC in 2007 after a lifesaving pancreas and kidney transplant.

The charity takes referrals directly from the likes of Women’s Aid, to ensure the money it distributes goes to the right people.

In 2011, Russell won £121,000 in TV game show Holding Out For A Hero, which he donated to ERGC.

“We start where the state stops,” said 57-year-old Russell.

“I don’t know who my donors are so, in a way, I’m doing this work for everyone involved in organ transplant, whether they donated or received.

“The best way of supporting us is to sign up to a standing order of £5 a month. The backbone of East Renfrewshire Good Causes is donations from businesses and people.

“Standing orders ensure regular payments are coming in. People doing a little helps us a lot.”

Sunday’s programme is also set to feature Barrhead woman Linda Lewis, who was supported by ERGC after losing both of her legs to sepsis last year.

It will be available on the BBC iPlayer for those who miss it on Sunday.

For more information about ERGC, visit