Christmas Starts Here!

Tue 13th December 2016

5 ex footballers with 3 people and a baby

The Rangers Charity Foundation is bringing Christmas spirit to the local community with a series of initiatives to help kids, old folk and local people throughout December.

The Foundation has already made a £10,000 donation to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, helped put up Christmas decorations on the wards with the Rangers under 17s and 20s and visited with the first team squad.

A special Christmas lunch for over 70 older people from local community groups takes place at Ibrox today which will include a festive drink and meal, a Christmas gift and entertainment from Govan High School’s choir and band.

We’re also delivering toys, games and cosy Christmas pyjamas to local families in need via Govan’s NSPCC and are planning a £1,000 donation to our local foodbank to assist families who need some extra help over the Christmas period.

The First Team squad have made a personal donation to our Christmas initiatives, which has included buying 100 Tickets for Good to enable more people from various charities and vulnerable groups to attend a match at Ibrox.

We’ve also donated £1,000 towards ‘Govan Loves Christmas’, a community event coordinated by Govan Housing Association for local people, and will be inviting 30 carers and 30 veterans to the match at Ibrox on Christmas Eve as our guests.

Connal Cochrane, Director of the Rangers Charity Foundation commented, “We’re delighted to be able to do so much in the local community this Christmas, in addition to our recent significant donations to homeless charities in Glasgow thanks to the success of our Big Ibrox Sleep Outs.

“Our activities are reaching out to carers, families, older people, children, veterans, the homeless and a host of other local people – we want to spread as much Christmas cheer as possible!

“A big thank you goes to the First Team, who made a personal donation to our Christmas activities and took time out to visit the Royal Hospital For Children.  They have been very generous in their support of the Foundation, not just this Christmas, but throughout the year.”

Zoe Strong from the NSPCC commented, “Thank you so much for taking the time to go shopping and bringing over all of the presents for our families. It will mean such a lot to them this Christmas and really is massively appreciated by our whole team at the NSPCC Service Centre.”

Claire McCunnie from Glasgow South West Food Bank was also extremely grateful for the support of the Foundation and the fans: ”I’m totally overwhelmed with the response from the Foundation.  We will be able to top up anything we run low on into the New Year too which is brilliant for us.  Thanks to you all at the Rangers Charity Foundation and to the supporters who as always have been extremely generous this year.”

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