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Scot’s Charity Efforts Earn Top Award

10.56am 18th July 2016 - People

Stewart Russell receiving his Toby Sunderland Award from PGA captain Nicky Lumb (Andy Reddington / Getty Images)
Stewart Russell receiving his Toby Sunderland Award from PGA captain Nicky Lumb (Andy Reddington / Getty Images)

A Scottish PGA Professional’s unstinting charity fundraising efforts have won him a national award.

East Renfrewshire Golf Club’s Stewart Russell, who has helped raise £250,000 over 15 years for a number of good causes, received the Toby Sunderland Award during the PGA’s annual reception on the eve of the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The accolade is handed out each year to celebrate the many wide-ranging charity achievements by PGA pros across the UK.

Russell’s feats stretch back 15 years when he launched the Pink Ribbon Ball to fund a Breast Cancer Unit at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock.

Other beneficiaries have been Sense Scotland, Friends of the Beatson cancer unit, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, Darlinda’s Charity, Erskine Hospital and the Western Infirmary.

“It’s an honour and privilege to receive this award at Royal Troon,” said Russell who received his award from PGA captain Nicky Lumb.

“There are many, many pros who do a lot of fantastic charity work and whether you raise a £100, £1,000 or £100,000 it doesn’t matter, it’s the the time and effort put in for a variety of good causes that counts.

“For me, it was one of those things that seemed the right thing to do. It all started with a friend whose daughter was deaf and blind so we supported Sense Scotland. I’ve also known a lot of people who’ve suffered through the horrible disease cancer so that has been a big incentive to raise money to fight that.”

Russell is already planning for next year’s charity efforts with a signed Callaway Open golf bag and Open Championship flags from Troon already tucked away while he also received a cheque for £1,200 for winning the Toby Sunderland Award to give to a charity of his choice.

In addition to Russell there were six other regional nominees for the award.

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