Our recent achievements
The Rangers Charity Foundation is making an even bigger difference than ever before to people living in our local community and beyond.
Now delivering over 25 programmes in the Glasgow area connected to health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, education and employability, we reach more than 5,000 people every year.
During season 2016/17 we worked in partnership with 10 local, national and international charity organisations. Not only did we donate £131,400 to them over the season but we also helped increase their profile which remains an important aspect of our partnership approach. Additionally we contributed £5,000 to the Govan Ward Community Budgeting initiative.
Our commitment to helping others raise funds for causes close to their hearts is more powerful than ever before. Last season we had over 2,800 requests for support and 90% of those received a donation in response. We strive to be as generous as we possibly can and donate items such as tickets, signed memorabilia, tours and souvenir packs to individuals or organisations in need of a boost. Our total cash and in kind donations since we were formed now stands at £4.6 million.
This season we continue to go from strength to strength.
Our new Rangers Charity Dream Fund saw us invite a group of supporters in need of a boost to the training ground to meet the Manager and team, watch training, then have lunch and a stadium tour with us back at Ibrox. The fund has also seen guests given tickets to watch a Rangers game in style in a hospitality box at Ibrox and many dream letters and photographs sent out from Rangers players.
At Christmas, the Rangers first team squad visited Glasgow Children’s Hospital to make a £10,000 donation from the Foundation and spent some time with the kids. The under 17 and under 20s squads also visited the hospital to help put up decorations on the wards to spread some festive cheer.
Our National Partnership with Scottish Autism has seen us pledge to raise £20,000 to help pay for the charity's advice line and to create a social area in its new residential service Founders House. In addition we are working together help our supporters to learn more about autism, which affects approximately 1 in 100 people.
2018 also sees us enter the 10th anniversary year of our partnership with Unicef. Over the last decade some of our most notable achievements have included funding 1 million vaccines for vulnerable children around the world, and making a significant contribution to the health and education of children via projects in India, West Africa and across the globe. This season we are entering the second year of our work supporting Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund. This fund exists to allow the charity to respond immediately when children are in danger whether it is through a natural disaster or conflict.
Closer to home, our Big Ibrox Sleepouts continued to be popular, raising over £60,000, which is helping our partners Simon Community Scotland launch its new Street Cycles Project and Glasgow City Mission’s Housing First scheme.
Support for our Armed Forces Partnership also continues. The sacrifice and dedication shown by the Armed Forces is something we have always admired at the Rangers Charity Foundation and our Armed Forces Partnership this year is made up three services related charities, the Coming Home Centre in Govan, Erskine and AA Veterans Support in Northern Ireland.