Housebuilders hailed for vital charity support

EAST Renfrewshire Good Causes (ERGC) has received its fifth bumper donation of £2,650 from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and Cala Homes (West).

Both firms set up a partnership with the charity in 2019, under the consortium, Maidenhill, with both of their homes making up the Maidenhill community in Newton Mearns.

The partnership, which started when the community-focussed development was launched, means that the local grassroots charity receives a ‘roof donation’ of £50 per each completed home – with the latest donation taking the total to £17,100.

The charity, which was founded in 2007 by Russell Macmillan, a Newton Mearns native, has donated more than £1 million to groups and individuals who need it most within the East Renfrewshire area.

Thanks to Maidenhill’s latest donation, Russell and the charity’s volunteers have been able to help over 1,000 people within the local community including activities such as donating clothing and food supplies to young families, and even installing a wet floor shower room for an elderly beneficiary to help them remain independent in their home.

Russell said, “We want to say a huge thank to the Maidenhill consortium for the continued funding boost.

“Through the roof donation initiative, we have been able to give vital support to individuals and groups who need it most. This is incredibly important as we are seeing an increase in those needing our help as a result of the cost-of-living crisis. This welcome cash injection comes as we embark on the charity’s next chapter, taking our work beyond East Renfrewshire, and branching out to Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire, amongst other areas.”

Sophie Whittaker, marketing manager at Cala Homes (West), added, “Russell and his team at East Renfrewshire Good Causes do such invaluable work within the community so we are pleased that we can support the charity with this fifth roof donation.”

Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, commented, “As Maidenhill continues to grow and we welcome more families, we are thrilled that we can continue to support ERGC which is such a worthy cause. We know the roof donation funding is really helping those in the local area. East Renfrewshire Good Causes has been our selected charity since we first broke ground at Maidenhill and it has been great to see the fantastic work Russell has managed to achieve with some of the money donated.”

ERGC focuses on helping worthy causes throughout the community, including helping local residents and organisations like care homes and schools, who really need the support. Just this year, the charity announced that its network will extend to new local authorities including Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East Ayrshire, and South Lanarkshire.