Christmas Cheer for Kids’ Hospital!

Thu 24th November 2016

3 youth footballers and Christmas tree

Members of Rangers under 17 and under 20 squads joined Club and Foundation staff and volunteers to help out at the Royal Hospital For Children today hanging Christmas decorations throughout the wards.

The Foundation is supporting Christmas activities for the children via our partnership with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and it was fantastic to see the boost the festive touches gave to kids already looking forward to Santa’s visit!

The first team squad will also make their regular visit to the hospital in December to meet the children, their families and staff and give out goodie bags.  Our backing of this wonderful cause really does come from the heart and everyone was delighted to give up their time to decorate the hospital.

Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity commented, “We are incredibly grateful to the Rangers Charity Foundation and to the young players, staff and volunteers for their help today.

“It is really important for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity that the month of December is as positive and upbeat as it can be for our young patients and their families, ensuring that the magic of Christmas is felt on every ward and clinic.

Under 17s coach Billy Kirkwood commented, “The boys were really looking forward to coming along to the hospital today and it’s been great to see the work that goes on behind the scenes with the volunteers from the Rangers Charity Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and brilliant to play our part and help out.”   

Stephen Kelly, one of the under 17s players, added, “It’s been a good morning.  I’ve been on ward 3B hanging some decorations.  We’re all delighted to help out the hospital.”

Head of Rangers Academy Craig Mulholland commented, “We are delighted that our young players had the opportunity to assist the hospital by putting up the decorations, which may make the Christmas of the kids who will be spending time in hospital over the festive period a little bit brighter. 

“A big part of our culture at the Rangers Academy is to ensure we produce good people as well as good footballers and it’s important that they have an awareness of their wider community. 

“We aim to develop our young players in line with the values and traditions of our Club so it is fantastic that we can support the excellent work of our Charity Foundation.  I know the players very much enjoyed meeting some of the children.”

The Foundation pledged to raise £10,000 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity at the start of the season to make Christmas extra special for the children and their families, and to fund an important piece of equipment to help young cancer patients.  

We’re helping to make cancer treatment more bearable for children by funding a special laser pen to treat Oral Mucositis, a debilitating and painful side effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 

Find out more about our partnership here.

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