MARK HATELEY today visited two local care homes to gift them hand wash, thanks to club partner Molton Brown.

As the world faces the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rangers were today able to give back to the local community with Molton Brown, in just a small way, and give care workers and residents a helping hand.

The industrial-sized hand wash will assist the Ailsa Craig Care Home and St Francis Nursing Home during a time when care workers are fighting to keep elderly residents safe from coronavirus.

The Rangers Charity Foundation supported the club’s donation by identifying care homes most local to Ibrox Stadium, both are within a mile.

After making the donation, Hateley said: “I think you look at the community and our community is all about our football club, they have been there through thick and thin.

“At times of such need, it is good that we are able, through our partnerships with different companies, to be able to go into the community and help them in such trying times.

“The more we can do right now the better it is for the surrounding community of Ibrox and Govan. We chose nursing homes because the elderly are part of the most vulnerable group to this virus.

“Through our partnership with Molton Brown we were able to do this and it seems like such a simple thing to be able to do but I think it is a very important thing that we’ve been able to do. The more a football club can do for the community the better.

“We have to stand strong together as a community and help each other. We all live in a community, no matter where we are and I think it is very important to keep an eye on the elderly at the best of times.

“As a family football club, along with our partners, Molton Brown in particular in this case, then that is what we will seek to continue to do.”

As part of its commitment to being a good neighbour, the Rangers Charity Foundation regularly welcomes care home residents to free tours at Ibrox for some respite and entertainment.

The Foundation also bring local elderly people to Ibrox for a special ‘Festive Friends’ Christmas dinner each December, where guests can spend time with ex-Rangers players, enjoy entertainment from a school choir and socialise with others.

The care homes are also supported each season with merchandise and prizes, in aid of their fundraising initiatives.

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