Festive Cheer For Sick Kids!

Tue 13th December 2022

Kids at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow enjoyed a great afternoon with Rangers Manager Michael Beale and First Team Squad members recently who took time out to chat with children, parents and staff, sign autographs and hand out goodie bags on the wards. 

The Manager and players also handed over a donation of £10,000 to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity from the Foundation, which funded decorations for the wards to help bring some Christmas magic to the hospital and will purchase a special Safe Space bed for children with complex needs.

The entire First Team could not visit the hospital as usual this year owing to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, however, Alfredo Morelos, Antonio Colak and John Lundstram were able to attend and spend some time with the children, as well as the Manager.

Youth Academy players, Foundation and Club staff and volunteers previously helped to hang decorations in the Hospital to make sure it looks festive for the patients.

Rangers Manager Michael Beale commented:

“The team visit to the hospital is always a highlight and although the whole squad couldn’t all come along this year, it was great today to spend time with the kids, their parents and some of the staff.  We really enjoyed handing out the goodie bags and hearing about what they are hoping to get from Santa!”

“On behalf of everyone at Rangers Football Club and the Rangers Charity Foundation, we would like to wish everyone at the hospital a Merry Christmas.”

Connal Cochrane, Chief Executive of the Rangers Charity Foundation said: “We have a very special relationship with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, going back to when the Foundation was first established in 2002. Over the years, we have donated cash, toys and equipment, as well as supporting Christmas activities and organising special visits and treats for the children.

“The Safe Space bed we are funding this year will be of huge benefit to the hospital. The effectiveness of this bed in creating a safe but comfortable space for patients with complex needs, including autism and epilepsy, is in increasingly high demand within the hospital, so we are delighted to be able to help with this donation.”

Kirsten Watson, CEO, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said:

“This was the first in-person visit from the players since 2019 due to the restrictions, and it was absolutely wonderful to see the reactions from the children and families when the players walked into their rooms. Many of our young patients will spend Christmas in hospital, which is why we are so grateful to the club and the Rangers Charity Foundation for their continued support.”

You can see a full gallery of pictures from the visit HERE



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