A CHARITY cause in East Renfrewshire has been formally commended for its work.

East Renfrewshire Good Causes, which was started by Russell MacMillan in 2007, was praised by Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlow in a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, May 23.

The charity was recognised for raising over £1.7million and supporting more than 6,000 people.

They were also highlighted by the MSP for the range of supports that they have helped finance over the last 16 years including wet floor shower adaptations for vulnerable and elderly people, baby monitoring equipment for infants with complex medical needs, and play spaces and equipment for youngsters with additional support needs.

Russell set up the charity in memory of an organ donor who saved his life after receiving a pancreas and kidney transplant surgery.

He said: “It was fantastic to visit the Scottish Parliament and to hear the kind words of MSPs about the work carried out by the charity.

“I was very pleased to hear Jackson also highlight the issues we can experience with the flow of information when seeking referrals to provide support and as part of our ongoing efforts to assist as many people as possible.

“I am grateful to the Minister for confirming he will consider the concern that were raised.”

Jackson Carlaw MSP said: “It is absolutely extraordinary that from the serious health complications Russel experienced, he thought not of himself but instead how to use the life he had been given from the organ donor to help other people in need.

“It was an immense privilege to commend the incredible efforts of East Renfrewshire Good Cause to my parliamentary colleagues and to welcome Russel and his wife Yvonne to Holyrood on the day.”