The Rangers Charity Foundation today presented veterans’ charity Erskine with a cheque for £25,000 to fund projects within their Glasgow and Bishopton homes, marking the completion of their community partnership for season 2011/12.

The donation will fund Erskine’s replacement bed programme at their Glasgow site, providing ‘Electric Profiling’ beds for residents, as well as refitting The Royal Scots Shop within the Bishopton home.

This latest donation takes the Foundation’s total cash donations to charity since its inception to over £1million, with over £2.5 million donated in terms of both cash and in-kind support.

Erskine Chief Executive Steve Conway said: “On behalf of every veteran at Erskine I thank the Rangers Charity Foundation for this extremely generous donation which will make a real difference to the lives of the ex-Service men and women in our care.

“Without this support we could not provide the highest standard of care to the men and women who have served our country. Although the money is vital for us to continue, this partnership has been much more than fundraising and the Foundation has really taken the Erskine cause to heart.”

Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Rangers Charity Foundation said: “Erskine has a proud history of caring for ex-service men and women and is a cause close to the hearts of many Rangers supporters.  

“We are delighted to be able to support these hugely worthwhile projects which will make a real difference to the lives of residents. The new ‘Electric Profiling’ beds are important to improve mobility, comfort and general health and The Royal Scots shop is a vital resource for residents and their guests within the Bishopton home.

“We have been particularly pleased throughout the year to have worked with the veterans themselves.  Some of the residents have attended our Remembrance Day activities at Ibrox and have come along to matches and several visits to Murray Park.

“We also organised a Reminiscence event at the Bishopton home with Sandy Jardine and Jim Hannah, who took along some items of Rangers memorabilia. 

“It has been a great partnership and I would like to thank all the supporters whose commitment to the Foundation and its charity partners has made this donation possible. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Founded in 1916, Erskine has provided nursing and medical care for members of our Armed Forces ever since.

Erskine aims to provide the highest standard of care and support services to as many veterans and serving personnel as possible and now cares for more than 1,300 elderly and disabled ex-Service men and women each year. Erskine’s home in Glasgow, based in Anniesland, can accommodate 46 residents, while the Bishopton home caters for 180.

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