Our recent achievements
2015/2016 has been a great season on the pitch for the Club, and off the pitch at the Rangers Charity Foundation, there have certainly been some tremendous successes and achievements to savour too!
We smashed our target to raise £25,000 for Glasgow City Mission in support of the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter. Our supporters raised an astonishing £70,000 by taking part in 3 Sleep Out events at Ibrox in December which kept the shelter open for an extra month during the winter and will secure the same additional month of service next winter – a proud achievement in support of a vital service in the city.
Every day the Foundation receives requests from up and down the country to assist people in their communities who are raising funds for causes very close to their hearts. By donating items such as signed memorabilia, tours and match tickets we are making a huge difference whilst spreading the generosity of the Rangers Family. So far this season we have responded to over 2,000 requests for support and we are delighted to say that we were able to say “Yes” and assist 88% with donations.
The sacrifice and dedication shown by the Armed Forces is admired by many and the Rangers Charity Foundation has played its part this season by supporting four services related charities via our special Armed Forces Partnership. Erskine, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund together received donations totalling £25,000.
Our compassion for others stretches far beyond the UK’s shores and with Unicef we have enjoyed a long and rewarding partnership. There can be few more powerful achievements than helping to keep children safe from deadly but preventable diseases, and the Foundation has been doing just that by reaching its target to fund 1 million vaccines for vulnerable children around the world.
We hosted two amazing Dream Days at Auchenhowie with Mark Warburton and the first team squad. Supporters young and old who have been very unwell, have a long-term disability or who need a special boost are invited to meet the Manager and team, watch training, then have lunch and a stadium tour with us back at Ibrox.
In April 2016, the Foundation took on responsibility for all charitable community programmes which until that time had been delivered by the Club along with strategic responsibility for the development of the Rangers Study Support Centre which is run in partnership with Glasgow City Council. This means that for the first time all charitable and community activities across the Club will be delivered under one umbrella.