New Armed Forces Fund Partners Announced

Thu 22nd September 2022

The Foundation is delighted to announce the first of our new partnerships for season 2022/23 by confirming SSAFA, Combat Stress and Poppyscotland as the beneficiaries of this year’s Armed Forces Fund.

We’ve pledged to raise £15,000 to be split between these partners, who all do incredible work to support the services community, their families and veterans.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our forces and their families since 1885. The charity provides personalised face-to-face assistance, whether it’s financial, practical or emotional.

David Black, Fundraising Manager for SSAFA, commented: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Rangers Charity Foundation.  The funds raised from the partnership will help us to continue our support for all members of the armed forces community across Scotland and their families.”

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For over a century the charity has been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Robert Marsh, Director of Fundraising at Combat Stress, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Rangers fans for their generous support.

“As the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, we provide specialist treatment and support to veterans with complex mental health issues arising from military service.”

“The donation will help us to continue supporting thousands of former servicemen and women across the UK to rebuild their lives.”

Poppyscotland has been supporting service men and women, veterans, and their families since 1921 with issues linked to their time in the Armed Forces or with struggles adjusting from military to civilian life.

Poppyscotland’s Gordon Michie commented, “Poppyscotland is delighted once again to be recognised by the Rangers Charity Foundation as one of its Armed Forces Fund partners. 

“We have enjoyed a very healthy relationship with the club, charity and wider Rangers family over many years which has resulted in significant funds being raised to support the life changing work delivered by our welfare teams to those in need across the length and breadth of Scotland.” 

“I’d like to pay tribute to and thank everyone involved on behalf of those that will be supported through this partnership, thank you so much!”

The Foundation has a long and proud tradition of working with services related charities and has donated over £226,000 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.

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