Foundation helps fund minibus for Erskine residents

Mon 15th May 2017

Lee Hodson today welcomed Erskine residents to the Rangers Training Centre in their new minibus which the Rangers Charity Foundation helped to fund via its Armed Forces Partnership.

The Foundation donated £10,000 to Erskine as part of a wider initiative which saw it pledge £25,000 to services-related charities this season. 

The new minibus, which has been specially adapted to cater for the often complex health issues of the residents, will allow them to take part in day trips and other outings to help them enjoy a full, active and meaningful life. 

Erskine is Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, offering unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland. The Rangers Charity Foundation has a long history of supporting Erskine, having previously donated to projects such as the Centenary Garden, electric profile beds for residents and refurbishing the Royal Scots Shop.

Lee Hodson commented: “It was great to welcome the Erskine residents up to the Training Ground today in their new minibus, which I believe is the vehicle that will be used to bring them along to Ibrox for games. Thank you to all the fans who helped the Rangers Charity Foundation raise this money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Robert Swan, Transport Manager at Erskine said: “This new VW Transporter is a great addition to our fleet of vehicles at Erskine. As it takes two wheelchairs it will be perfect when taking a couple of residents to hospital appointments. We will also use it frequently to take residents to football matches and to fulfil veterans’ wishes where they have a specific request about a day trip they would like to go on. It will be a real asset to our veterans and we thank the Rangers Charity Foundation very much for their kind donation.”

Connal Cochrane, Director of the Rangers Charity Foundation, will undertake a personal challenge walking the Great Glen next month in support of the Foundation’s Armed Forces Partnership.  

He commented: “Signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant last year really cemented our ongoing support for both serving personnel and veterans and this should be a source of pride for all our supporters.

“A long standing commitment to the wonderful work of Erskine is very much a part of this and it is a real pleasure for us to see the minibus which our donation has helped make possible. I hope it will provide many years of memorable experiences for Erskine residents.”

The Foundation also plans donations of £5,000 to Poppyscotland, The Rifles Regimental Trust’s Care For Casualties appeal and Combat Stress as part of its Armed Forces Partnership.

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