Rangers Charity involved in 'biggest ever' SPFL Trust campaign
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Rangers Charity involved in 'biggest ever' SPFL Trust campaign

Rangers Charity Foundation has played a key role in the SPFL‘s ‘biggest ever’ Festive Friends campaign, helping to deliver over 2800 Christmas gift boxes.

Along with 36 other SPFL clubs, the Gers’ Charity Foundation took part in the campaign in its fifth year as they looked to do something for those at risk of social isolation and loneliness over the festive period.

While clubs and community trusts would normally host a three-course Christmas lunch with entertainment for people in the community who may otherwise spend Christmas alone, 2020 saw that cancelled due to Covid – leaving the SPFL Trust and clubs to come up with an alternative.

Clubs used existing partnerships within their communities, with the likes of Tesco, Cyrenians, Penumbra, and the Salvation Army coming together to help with a variety of things from packing, delivery and additional goodies for the boxes – witha  total of 183 partners engaged across the country to deliver some festive cheer.

SPFL Trust chief executive Warren Hawke hailed the programme as Scottish football came together to help make a small difference in their communities, saying: “We’re pleased to see the wide-spread support and compassion of community trusts and the associated SPFL clubs. It’s incredible to see how Scottish football has stepped up to help such a large number of those in need.

“The stories of individuals across the country shine through in the report. It arguably has meant more, reached more and been felt by more than ever before.”

“We’re incredibly grateful for the generous donations from James Anderson and our anonymous donor that have made this possible. It allowed community trusts and clubs to leverage match funding and support.

“If you’ve been inspired by what you read in this report, and would be in a position to support us in 2021 we’d love to hear from you.”

Rangers keeper Allan McGregor was praised by supporters for his passionate interview following the Gers’ slip-up at Hamilton on Sunday and we discussed his influence in our weekly Round-Up Video on the Rangers News YouTube channel

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