Rangers Charity Foundation is delighted to announce a new Armed Forces Partnership for season 2015/16 with four services related charities, maintaining our proud and long-standing relationship with the armed forces and associated charities.

With the backing of the Club and the fans, we are aiming to raise £25,000 to be split between ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund (£5,000 each) and veterans charity Erskine (£10,000).

Erskine is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and our donation will contribute to a special Memorial Garden whilst our support of the official charities of all three services will ensure that they can continue their vital work with the brave men and women of our armed forces. 

Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Foundation, commented, “We have a strong tradition of helping services related charities, having worked in partnership in the past with both Erskine and ABF The Solders’ Charity.  The Foundation has also supported SSAFA and Erskine via our Fans Forces Fund and regularly assists a range of other organisations, from Help For Heroes to Combat Stress, in other ways, such as donating tickets and signed memorabilia and organising match day can collections. 

“Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Day at Ibrox are always special occasions and an opportunity to show our appreciation for the brave men and women of our armed forces, both past and present, as well as support associated causes such as Poppyscotland and the charities of each branch of the armed forces.

“The Foundation is very proud to continue this long-standing work by pledging to raise £25,000 for season 15/16 for Erskine, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund and I’m sure everyone in the Rangers Family will once again back our efforts every step of the way.”

The Erskine Memorial Garden

Erskine is marking its centenary by creating a memorial garden in remembrance of those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts.

The Erskine Memorial Garden will bring together three existing memorial sites within the Erskine estate at Bishopton - “The Regimental Walls of Scotland”, “Japanese Prisoners of War Memorial” and “The Lost Gardeners of the Great War” - and will create a paved walkway linking all three sites which will wind through woodland filled with trees, shrubs and wild flowers.   

The Garden will provide a beautiful place for residents, their families and visitors, staff, volunteers and the wider community to enjoy.
Sara Bannerman, Head of Fundraising at Erskine, commented: “We are delighted that the Rangers Charity Foundation has chosen to continue its support of Erskine and we look forward to working with Foundation during season 2015/2016.  The creation of an Erskine Memorial Garden will allow us to celebrate our centenary in 2016, to honour those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts, and to provide an additional outdoor space for all current and future residents to enjoy for many years to come.  We are most grateful to the Foundation for the pledge of £10,000 towards the project and would like to thank all involved for their generous support of our work.”

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life. Since 2007 it has funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. It also distributes millions of pounds annually to military charities who care for the children, families and veterans of the Naval Service.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s national charity - has been working with soldiers and veterans from every conflict since World War Two by giving practical support to the brave men and women who serve in the British Army.  Not only is the Charity there for our soldiers and veterans when they fall on hard times, but it provides critical financial support for their families too. 

RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. The charity provides a broad range of welfare initiatives, from childcare centres to housing for those injured in conflict, and from debt relief counselling to mobility aids, such as wheelchairs. 

The Rangers Charity Foundation wishes each of the charities the very best with their work over the coming year to help serving personal and veterans alike and looks forward to raising funds for these great causes.