New Armed Forces Fund Partners Announced
Wed 20th September 2023
The Foundation is delighted to announce that BRAVEHOUND and Military Matters will be the beneficiaries of this season’s Armed Forces Fund.
We’ve pledged to raise £10,000 to be split between the charities, which do incredible work to support the services community, their families and veterans.
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.”
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.”
The Rangers Charity Foundation’s Chief Executive Connal Cochrane added: “Our commitment to supporting armed forces personnel and veterans remains steadfast and, with the generous support of the Rangers Family, I’m delighted that our Armed Forces Fund will be assisting two such good causes this season.”
The Foundation will kick off its fundraising for the Armed Forces Fund at Rangers Armed Forces Day celebrations at Ibrox at the game against Aberdeen on Saturday 30 September. There will be a can collection for the Fund, but those not attending the game can still contribute if they wish via our donation page HERE.
The Foundation has a long and proud tradition of working with services related charities and has donated over £241,000 in cash to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date, as well as significant in-kind support.
The Foundation was also a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016 and went on to become the first football club charity in the UK to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence in 2019, along with Rangers FC.
To find out more about this season’s Armed Forces Fund partners and the Foundation’s wider work with the services community, click HERE.