The Foundation has funded a comprehensive programme for men with a diagnosis of cancer called ‘Making a Start’ which has tailored exercise sessions, expert nutrition advice, stress management techniques, benefits advice and help with talking about cancer to family and friends.
Rangers Head of Sports Science Jim Henry has been very involved in the project which has received excellent feedback from participants and Maggie’s hope to roll out this course across every Maggie’s Centre in Scotland to benefit even more men.
The Foundation’s donation will also support a pilot scheme to extend the opening hours of Maggie’s Glasgow Gartnavel. Extended opening hours will allow people with cancer who have returned to work and family and friends visiting the hospital in the evening, to drop into Maggie’s for support.
Rangers Manager Stuart McCall commented: “Maggie’s is a fantastic cause and it gives me great pleasure to make this presentation today on behalf of the Rangers Charity Foundation and all of the fans who helped to raise the money. £25,000 is an amazing total which has allowed Maggie’s to fund the Making a Start programme and also support a planned pilot scheme to extend opening hours.”
Valerie Ross, Head of Trusts and Partnerships at Maggie’s, said: “Working in partnership with the Rangers Charity Foundation has been wonderful. The men who have taken part in the first Making a Start course, which finished this week, found it helpful and have enjoyed working with Jim Henry and using the facilities at Murray Park.
“Maggie’s relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to develop the programme of support that all the Centres offer to people with cancer and their family and friends, so developing Making a Start, and our planned extended opening hours pilot, would not be possible without the generosity of the Foundation and the Rangers fans.”
Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Rangers Charity Foundation commented: “Thank you to all the fans who have helped us raise this significant donation to Maggie’s – another great example of the terrific charitable spirit here at Rangers.
“Everyone connected with Rangers has been so enthusiastic about the project, not only because Maggie’s is such a wonderful charity but also because of the huge regard we all had for Sandy Jardine.
“I would particularly like to thank Jim Henry for his expert input into the course. The men taking part in Making a Start have really appreciated his enthusiasm for the project and all the experience he brought to the course in terms of exercise, nutrition and motivation.”