RANGERS players and manager Steven Gerrard have come together to purchase 15 iPads for patients at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow.

Health restrictions to keep everyone safe mean that many patients at the hospice are unable to have friends and family visit. Rangers’ first-team and manager have come to their aid, with the donation of iPads meaning they can keep in contact with loved-ones by video link.

Rangers captain James Tavernier commented: “I’m delighted our squad has again come together to make this donation to a very worthy cause in our local community.

“Like everyone else, it’s tough not being able to see friends and family through this period, but I can imagine that is made even worse when living with a terminal illness.

“We felt, therefore, this was the very least we can do, and it makes me proud to be the captain of this football club that we have been able to assist.”

Marie Curie is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, providing care and support for people who are dying or living with a terminal illness, as well as their loved ones. The charity is playing a vital role at this time to support the NHS by keeping as many people as possible out of NHS services, such as freeing up intensive care beds to help relieve pressure on hospitals. Yet at a time when Marie Curie services are needed more than ever, many of the charity’s fundraising events and activities have been put on hold or cancelled, meaning the charity has launched an emergency appeal to raise the quarter of a million pounds a week it needs to run its Scottish services.

Irene Johnstone Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow, Manager said: “Words can’t express our gratitude to Rangers for this incredible gift for our inpatients. Technology has never been so vital to keep in touch with each other. It is difficult for patients at any time being away from home, but just now it is an indescribable pain being separated from loved ones.”

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