Rangers fans raise £52k for homeless projects after Ibrox sleep-out

Fans camped in Ibrox stadium (pictured). Photo: John Devlin
Fans camped in Ibrox stadium (pictured). Photo: John Devlin
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Charitable Rangers fans have raised more than £52,000 following a sleep-out to try and combat homelessness.

About 200 Gers supporters braved the cold and slept out overnight on the technical area at Ibrox Stadium in three events in November to raise money for the club’s charity foundation.

The money raised is being split between Glasgow City Mission’s evening drop-in service, the Simon Community’s nightstop project and the Rangers Charity Foundation’s work in the community.

Graham Steven, partnerships and communications manager at Glasgow City Mission, said: “On behalf of everyone at Glasgow City Mission and the people we serve, I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Rangers Charity Foundation and fans of the club for their incredible support once again.

“The money raised from this year’s sleep-out events will enable our vital evening drop-in to take place: a safe and welcoming space to receive food and practical help for people battling homelessness and other forms of social disadvantage.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone and it’s encouraging to see so many fans take part in order to make a big difference.”

Connal Cochrane, director of the foundation, added: “Our fantastic fans have done it again.

“Last season the sleep-outs raised £70,000 for Glasgow City Mission’s winter night shelter, meaning our big sleep-outs have raised over £100,000 in total for projects supporting people affected by homelessness in our city.

“Our supporters should feel incredibly proud of the impact that this will make.

“It’s clear they feel strongly about the issue of homelessness and we can’t thank them enough for their commitment and generosity.”