Wed 9th December 2020
Fans have raised over £32,000 and counting for charity by sleeping out in unusual places around their home, helping to support homeless people living in Glasgow.
Our annual ‘Big Ibrox Sleep Outs’ were adapted this year due to COVID-19 and supporters were invited to spend the night at home, just somewhere different to their bed; all for charity!
Fans took to their gardens, cars, garages, balconies, baths and more in aid of the Foundation and Glasgow City Mission’s new Overnight Welcome Centre. Unlike the Winter Night Shelter, the new centre will stay open 24/7, allowing staff to fast track guests into accommodation and offer additional help and support during the day.
The funds will be split evenly between the two charities, and every £1,000 raised for Glasgow City Mission will allow the charity to open this vital centre for a day over the cold winter months - meaning fans have paid for 16 days!
The fundraiser took place on Friday 4th December and also included entertainment such as a talk from Glasgow City Mission, live music and appearances from Rangers FC’s Kevin Thompson and Mark Hateley.
Rangers Charity Foundation Director, Connal Cochrane, said: “We are in absolute awe of the generosity and commitment of our supporters.
“The Big Ibrox Sleep Outs have become one of our most popular events in recent years, raising over £210,000 for homeless charities before 2020. Although we wish we could have welcomed everyone to Ibrox as usual, we are extremely grateful for their support.
“Covid-19 has affected the lives of everyone in Scotland, but for those experiencing homelessness, it has been devastating. We hope that, through this important donation, Glasgow City Mission will continue to be able to change lives in our city.”
Glasgow City Mission’s Marketing and Fundraising Manager Jack Geddes said: “We at the Mission are astonished by the money raised by the fans who took part in Big Sleep Out.
“Thank you so much! Your efforts and generosity will fund our Overnight Welcome Centre for sixteen full days and help save lives.”
Rangers Charity Foundation would like to thank Rangers FC kit sponsors, 32Red, for their generous support of the Big Ibrox Sleep Out From Home.