After I was elected as MSP for Glasgow Provan I made a commitment to donate half of my MSP salary to charity. I felt this was the right thing to do as before entering politics I had a successful business career and I wanted to put something back into the communities I represent, which face some of the biggest challenges in the country.
Where possible I am especially focussed on helping charities who are creating enterprise opportunities, so that the money 'kick-starts' something that will continue to generate revenue for the local community in future. This includes investment in young people, supporting their aspirations to succeed.
Here are details of the good causes I’ve donated to since being elected. Some of them are directly focussed on Provan, others are good causes working across Glasgow or Scotland, and others are international. Some are focussed on developing enterprise or aspiration, and other are simply to help those in need.
I hope you agree that all of them are deserving of support.
So far I’ve donated £8000 since being elected, and I plan to donate significantly more than that over the coming months. That’s where I need your help. I need to find local organisations with enterprise ideas that will add value to local communities, or are working to raise the aspirations of young people locally in a concrete way. If you are aware of any groups that fit the bill, please get in touch.
If you feel you want to donate to any of the charities I’ve been supporting this year then please do so.