As a local business we feel strongly about giving back to our local communities and supporting the people who live in and around Newton Mearns. One of the ways we do this is by fundraising for our nominated charity East Renfrewshire Good Causes.
The charity was set up by Newton Mearns based Russel McMillan with the aim of helping local individuals and families in difficulty. Russel McMillan has been diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was 8 years old. He has been a registered blind since 22 and went through kidney and pancreas transplant a few years ago. In spite of his complicated health, Ruseel has an enormous drive to rally the community towards good causes, as he is determined to honour the life of his donor through supporting the local community.
We at Nicol Estate Agents understand that for local charities, small donations can make a startling difference to their ability to serve the community and continue the excellent work they do. If a small business like Nicol Estate Agents is able to offer a local charity consistent support, it can cement that charity’s future helping the local people, as better-supported communities are better places to live, work and do business.
Last year, we have become involved when we launched a ‘draw a house’ competition for children aged between 5 and 16 years, with all proceeds going to East Renfrewshire Good Causes. Every day, we see houses of all shapes and sizes and we thought it would be fun to see what children think is the perfect home whilst at the same time helping a great local charity. Read more about this campaign here.
Russell’s charity has been raising money to help local good causes for more than 9 years (examples to be found here). Between October 2015 and March 2016, ER Good Causes raised a total of £20,164 that helped 85 individuals in need in East Renfrewshire. From buying a bunk bed to a family with 3 kids who were sharing a double bed, providing a Braille machine for a blind adult to a purpose built Trike, built by Theraplay for a primary school age child with multiple disabilities – the list of good deeds on ER Good Causes website is a sobering read, as we realise all of us can do so much more to help.
When asked about Nicol Estate Agents’ work with ER Good Causes, Russel McMillan said: “Local businesses are at the heart of what we do and I would like to especially thank Nicol Estate Agents and all the people who support their business – by working together we are a stronger community.”
While talking to Russel, there is no way you can avoid feeling uplifted and inspired – we do suggest you get in touch with him to see how you can help via the following:
Phone: 0141 639 8230
ER Good Causes Facebook page
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