Proudly Supporting Our Armed Forces
The Rangers Charity Foundation has enjoyed a close relationship with the armed forces together with many armed services related charities over a number of years. With the Club and backing of the fans, we have been proud to extend the hand of friendship on behalf of the Rangers Family and show our charitable support in a variety of ways. For season 2015/16 we are building on that long-standing commitment by pledging to raise £25,000 to be split between four services related charities.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund will each receive £5,000 towards their vital work while we will aim to raise £10,000 for Erskine’s Memorial Garden, celebrating the veterans’ charity’s 100th anniversary – ensuring that all three services receive support via their official charitable arms and that local veterans charity Erskine which is close to many peoples’ hearts receives our assistance once again.
Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Foundation, commented, “We have a strong tradition of helping services related charities, having worked in partnership in the past with both Erskine and ABF The Solders’ Charity. The Foundation has also supported SSAFA and Erskine via our Fans Forces Fund and regularly assists a range of other organisations, from Help For Heroes to Combat Stress, in other ways, such as donating tickets and signed memorabilia and organising match day can collections.
“Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Day at Ibrox are always special occasions and an opportunity to show our appreciation for the brave men and women of our armed forces, both past and present, as well as support associated causes such as Poppyscotland and the charities of each branch of the armed forces.
“The Foundation is very proud to continue this long-standing work by pledging to raise £25,000 for season 15/16 for Erskine, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund and I’m sure everyone in the Rangers Family will once again back our efforts every step of the way.”
The Erskine Memorial Garden
Erskine was founded in 1916 to provide care to soldiers and sailors returning from the battlefields of World War One. Almost 100 years later Erskine provides care to those ex-Service men and women who require nursing, residential, respite, palliative or specialist dementia care.
Erskine is marking its 100th anniversary by creating a memorial garden in remembrance of those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts. The Erskine Memorial Garden will bring together three existing memorial sites within the Erskine estate at Bishopton - “The Regimental Walls of Scotland”, “Japanese Prisoners of War Memorial” and “The Lost Gardeners of the Great War” - and will create a paved walkway linking all three sites which will wind through woodland filled with trees, shrubs and wild flowers.
The Garden will provide a beautiful place for residents, their families and visitors, staff, volunteers and the wider community to enjoy.
Sara Bannerman, Head of Fundraising at Erskine, commented: “We are delighted that the Rangers Charity Foundation has chosen to continue its support of Erskine and we look forward to working with Foundation during season 2015/2016. The creation of an Erskine Memorial Garden will allow us to celebrate our centenary in 2016, to honour those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts, and to provide an additional outdoor space for all current and future residents to enjoy for many years to come. We are most grateful to the Foundation for the pledge of £10,000 towards the project and would like to thank all involved for their generous support of our work.”
Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy and aims to improve the lives of all who serve – past and present – and their families. The charity does all it can to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring, addressing issues such as ill-health, old age and hardship.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s national charity - has been working with soldiers and veterans from every conflict since World War Two by giving practical support to the brave men and women who serve in the British Army. Not only is the Charity there for our soldiers and veterans when they fall on hard times, but it provides critical financial support for their families too.
The Soldiers’ Charity was the Foundation’s National Charity Partner in season 2012/13 and received £35,000 thanks to generous and committed support from Rangers fans who showed their appreciation for our soldiers by attending fundraising events, donating and taking part in personal challenges such as our popular ‘Walk With Heroes’.
RAF Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
The charity provides a broad range of welfare initiatives, from childcare centres to housing for those injured in conflict, and from debt relief counselling to mobility aids, such as wheelchairs.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is also proud to be the official guardian of the Bomber Command Memorial which stands as a fitting tribute to the 55,573 Bomber Command crew who lost their lives in the Second World War. The charity aims to preserve the memorial for future generations so that the noble sacrifice of those who lost their lives in Bomber Command will always be remembered.