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Foundation Donates £10,000 to Armed Forces Charities

Rangers Charity Foundation has donated £10,000 to be split among four services-related charities – Erskine, SSAFA, Bravehound and the Coming Home Centre in Govan.

Each charity received £2,500 as part of the Foundation’s Armed Forces Fund partnerships for season 2020/21. This takes the total that the Foundation has donated to over £190,000 in cash to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date, as well as significant in-kind support.

Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented: “Rangers FC and the Foundation have a long and proud history of support for the armed services and we are delighted to continue to support these organisations with this donation. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, we have hosted Armed Forces Day and Remembrance events at Ibrox every year and always support a range of services-related charities.

“Throughout lockdown, we have been running virtual ‘Team Talk’ sessions focused on mental wellbeing and recently ran a successful 12 week programme specifically for veterans to enable them to come along and chat with like-minded people, improve their confidence and combat the isolation many have felt without normal routines.

“We have also launched a veterans’ drop-in football session in partnership with Glasgow Veterans United Extra Time, which takes place on Monday nights in Benburb.

“It has been important to support our veterans with initiatives such as these during lockdown, but we are very much looking forward to welcoming them back to Ibrox next season.”

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos donates the Charity Foundation’s £10,000 cheque to the Armed Forces Fund.

Sara Bannerman, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Erskine said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Rangers Charity Foundation for this generous donation and for their ongoing, loyal support. As Scotland’s largest Veterans charity we need to independently raise over £10m in order to continue to provide the range of direct care services and support to over 1,000 Veterans each year, of all ages. Our thanks, from everyone at Erskine, to the Rangers Charity Foundation for their continued support.”

Rangers fans also took the opportunity to show their support for the Foundation’s Armed Forces Fund in March this year by raising funds in a raffle and auction for signed Rangers FC Poppy shirts.

The club and Foundation also advocates for the Armed Forces Covenant and this type of support earned Rangers FC and Rangers Charity Foundation the accolade of being the first club and charity to receive an Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence.

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