Donna Hannah was moved to take part in the Rangers Charity Foundation’s Big Ibrox Sleep out after visiting Glasgow City Mission as part of her job with Rangers FC.
Her encounter with a homeless man there inspired her to sleep outside at Ibrox Stadium in December to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s initiative with Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter.
“Some things once seen cannot be unseen and alter your perspective on life,” she explained, “I was asked to help at the press conference to launch the Foundation’s partnership with Glasgow City Mission and its pledge to raise £25,000 for The Winter Night Shelter project and what I saw there made the issue very real to me.”
“I met a gentle old soul that afternoon at the Mission, a lovely old man who wanted to show me the polo shirt he had selected from the clothes donations table.
“He folded his polo shirt and put it into his bag along with his other possessions which amounted to a small bible, a worry stone and a little clear pebble with an angel figure inlaid. That was it, all he owned in the entire world.
“He told me he walked all over the city and when I glanced down at his feet, his boots were burst at the seams and had holes in them.
“It was heart breaking but there was no hint of self-pity from him and I was left feeling humble as we said our goodbyes.”
Donna went on to brave the cold overnight at the Stadium with hundreds of other supporters and raised £195 for the Foundation’s partnership with Glasgow City Mission.