East Renfrewshire Good Causes will feature on Songs of Praise

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

A team from Songs of Praise interviewed Russell Macmillan, founder of East Renfrewshire Good Causes (ERGC), for this Sunday’s show, which airs on BBC One at 1.15pm.

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

He started the ERGC in 2007 after a life-saving pancreas and kidney transplant.

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

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

“We start where the state leaves off,” Russell, 57, said.

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

“The best way to support us is to subscribe to a standing order of £5 per month. The backbone of East Renfrewshire Good Causes is corporate and individual donations.

“Standing orders ensure that payments come in regularly. People who do a little help us a lot.”

Sunday’s program will also feature Barrhead’s wife Linda Lewis, who has been supported by the 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 on the ERGC, visit www.ergoodcauses.co.uk.

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