A tribute to Colin Kirkwood (1966 – 2017)
Fri 4th August 2017
The Rangers Charity Foundation is profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Kirkwood.
Colin was a much loved and truly valued member of the Foundation and the Rangers Family.
He became a Trustee of the Foundation in 2013 and demonstrated wonderful dedication and enthusiasm for every aspect of our work.
He gave much of his time to the Foundation, not only attending trustee meetings and many of our events but also in raising thousands of pounds to help support the Foundation make a difference.
A tireless fundraiser, Colin alongside his wife Alison and children David and Sarah, raised just under £50,000 for the Foundation in memory of the couple’s eldest son Craig who was a keen Rangers fan.
Such was Colin’s commitment to the Foundation he received the Julie Wales Special Recognition Award last year at our Annual Charity Ball. He was presented with his award alongside his family by Rangers captain Lee Wallace.
Every year since 2011, Colin organised the Captain Kirky Marathon, which saw participants run, walk or cycle from the family’s home town of Kilwinning to Ibrox Stadium as well as an annual football tournament the Craig Kirkwood Cup.
The events not only became highlights of our calendar but also on those of the hundreds who joined in.
Funds raised over the years for the Foundation by Colin have been donated at his request to our partnerships with charities including The Beatson Cancer Charity, Alzheimer Scotland and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
Colin, an IT Consultant in the financial services industry, also raised thousands of pounds for other charities including PETAL (People Experiencing Trauma and Loss), Parkinson’s UK and the Accord Hospice in Paisley.
An ardent Rangers fan, Colin followed the team at home and away and was at the Club’s friendly against Sheffield Wednesday alongside his family just last Sunday.
He passed away following an illness yesterday, aged 51.
Our thoughts are with Alison, David and Sarah and his wider family at this time.