WATCH: Foundation donates £10,000 to Children’s Hospital during Rangers visit

Mon 16th December 2019

The Rangers First Team Squad paid a festive visit to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow today (16th December 2019) and handed over a donation of £10,000 from the Rangers Charity Foundation.

The donation has funded decorations for the wards to help bring some Christmas magic to the hospital, as well as the screening of films throughout the month of December in the hospital’s ‘MediCinema’.

The MediCinema offers families the chance to spend precious time together, enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures – the excitement of going to the cinema. The space even accommodates hospital beds, so that no child misses out.  Young patients and their families can enjoy the latest cinema releases and forget about the worry of their hospital stay through the magic of the movies. 

The squad and Management team chatted with children, parents and staff, signed Rangers team photos and handed out teddy bears on the wards. 

Today’s visit follows the recent ‘Decoration Day’ where Academy players, together with club and Foundation staff and volunteers, helped to make the hospital look festive by hanging decorations.

Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard, commented: “The team visit to the hospital is always an emotional but rewarding day and it was great to spend time with the kids, their parents and some of the staff. 

“Christmas is an especially difficult time for children to be in hospital, but hopefully we’ve helped to spread some joy to the wards today and it was a privilege to present the Foundation’s donation.

“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, Director of the Rangers Charity Foundation said: “Staff at the hospital and parents report that the MediCinema really helps to distract children from their treatments, and we are delighted to play our part in helping to make the festive period fun for those kids who have to be in hospital at this special time of the year.

“As always, our decoration day and the visit of the First Team to the wards have been real highlights for the Foundation and I’d like to thank the Rangers squad for coming along today, and all the Academy players, staff and volunteers for hanging the decorations. 

“Last but by no means least, I’d like to say a massive thank you to our supporters, whose commitment and generosity to the Foundation throughout the year have made this donation to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity possible.”

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Rangers Charity Foundation and the players for visiting today, and for this generous donation. Christmas can be a difficult time for children in hospital, which is why it means so much to us that the players take time out of their busy schedules to visit. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the club and the Foundation for bringing so many smiles to children in hospital this Christmas.”

The Rangers Charity Foundation proudly has a longstanding relationship with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, with donations now totalling over £55,000.

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