Armed Forces Fund
The Rangers Charity Foundation has a long and proud tradition of working with services related charities and was a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016.
We went on to become the first club and club charity in the UK to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence in 2019.
The Foundation has donated over £241,000 in cash to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date, as well as significant in-kind support. Donations have included over £57,000 to veterans’ charity Erskine and £40,000 to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, as well as smaller donations to many others such as Combat Stress, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, The Coming Home Centre and AA Veterans Support.
Our Armed Forces Fund selects services-related charities to work with each season and for season 2023/24 the Foundation has pledged to raise £10,000 to support Military Matters and BRAVEHOUND.
Military Matters helps members of the Armed Forces community to find a home that suits their needs. With over 25 years of experience of helping people in Scotland, the charity’s friendly team provides practical support, information and advice, including on adapting an existing home to accommodate a disability.
Ryan MacDonald, Military Matters Fundraising Lead, commented: “We are incredibly grateful to be offered the opportunity to partner with the Rangers Charity Foundation.
“The support from the Armed Forces Fund will allow us to continue providing essential housing advice, information and support to members of our Armed Forces Community in Scotland.
“On behalf of those we support, we would like to thank the Rangers Charity Foundation and all those involved at the club for helping to make this partnership possible.”
Find out more about Military Matters here.
The Foundation has worked with BRAVEHOUND before and is delighted to select the charity as a partner again this year. The charity provides support dogs to veterans who have a clinical diagnosis of a mental health condition such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression or anxiety.
BRAVEHOUND dogs provide companionship and give a purpose and structure to each day for these veterans, as well as being a mechanism to promote exercise.
The charity uses expert dog trainers to provide bespoke support for both the dogs and their veterans.
Fiona MacDonald, Founder and CEO of BRAVEHOUND, said: “BRAVEHOUND is absolutely delighted to again be chosen by the Rangers Charity Foundation as a charity partner for this season.
“These much-needed funds enable us to continue to support isolated veterans from all over Scotland, with our lifechanging BRAVEHOUND assistance dogs. We are incredibly grateful to all at Rangers.”
Find out more about Bravehound here.
Proud to Support The Armed Forces Covenant
The Rangers Charity Foundation was a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016. As well as significant donations to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date and in-kind support such as can collections and signed merchandise, the Club and Foundation also donate tickets for veterans and the Foundation’s Glasgow Veterans United programme with Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, which ensures that veterans have the assistance they need to settle back in to civilian life. Serving personnel are also able to buy tickets for home league fixtures at a reduced price (subject to availability).
The Club and Foundation organises an annual Armed Forces Day celebration in the presence of 50,000 supporters at Ibrox Stadium, and an annual event to mark Remembrance Day.
We also advocate for the Armed Forces Covenant with our corporate clients and business partners, operate positive policies in the workplace for veterans, reservists and their families and support various military sport initiatives.
This type of support for the services earned the Club and Foundation an Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence in 2019, becoming the first club and club charity in the UK to win the award.