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  1. Welcome to the RangersMedia Erskine Fund - Members Thread - Season 2019/20 The RM Erskine Fund is a voluntary fundraising group funded by RM Member donations (and other occasional fundraising activities), now entering its 5.5th season. I've lost count of how much we've raised (and spent wisely!) in that time. But for sure, it's WELL over a hundred thousand pounds. It's definitely made a difference; and all we need from you to keep it rolling is a measly tenner!! The Fund's primary role is to provide Recreational Treats directly to the Residents of Erskine Veterans Care Homes. We do this primarily by providing Rangers Season Tickets, Match Tickets, Hospitality Tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Restaurant Lunches, Rangers TV subscriptions, Rangers merchandise and clothing, and anything else we can think of. Not only does this make the MANY Rangers supporting Veterans very happy, it also has a double bonus of putting a lot of that money directly back in to The Club, and keeping those Blue Pounds Blue! We also provide occasional non-Rangers related Recreational Treats, to ensure that ALL residents benefit from our Fund, and not just the Bears. Recent examples: Boat Trips, Restaurant Lunches, Christmas Party Donations, Palace Visits, D-Day Whisky Miniatures, Fish n Chips, and pretty much anything that Erskine fancy (Even Billy Elliott!) We also support Residents of Hollybush House Hospital (Combat Stress) by providing 4 Season Tickets for their exclusive use. These seats have become an important part of Hollybush House's recreational therapy. Many of their Residents have serious issues dealing with crowds, loud noises, etc. The value of a friendly crowd, which they can genuinely feel a part of, can not be understated. We also allocate a portion of our Fund to supporting Rangers Youth Development, in the form of regular subscriptions to Rangers Lotto, Half-time Rising Stars, Brick purchases, and more. This season we've also pledged our support to the BRAVEHOUND charity, who provide trained Companion Dogs for Veterans with PTSD or other issues. We've bought a puppy for BRAVEHOUND. His name is Broxi, and he's currently in Basic Training, before deployment. So we will have a continuing responsibility to contribute to his upkeep. And we even have enough left over to make sure that we are able to make a small donation on behalf of RM members, to Rangers-related fundraisers, to help out other Bears in their time of need, or to support their Good Cause. The Fund has no running costs (as long as you remember to tick the "friends and family" option on PayPal!). So every penny donated is properly spent and properly accounted for. Season membership of The Fund is a one-off minimum donation of £10 (or more). But if you're feeling a bit flush, you can donate as much as you want!!! That's it. You don't need to donate every month or anything like that. In November, we will run a mid-season fundraiser, but you don't need to donate to that, or to the end-of season fundraiser. Most people DO donate something whenever I pop up with a new fundraiser - I guess that's because they have a couple of quid spare, and they approve of what we're doing with it. But it's always optional. ---------------------------------------- How to donate: Donations via PayPal or by Bank Transfer. PM @Zetland for details. Last season's members - you know the score - please get yourself on the donated list, (or the pledge list if you're waiting for payday) - and please encourage other RM Members to do the same - Some of them just need a wee pointer. Renewing, New or potential members - PM @Zetland with any questions you may have.
  2. For more information on what the RM Erskine Fund is about, and for details on how YOU can contribute, please check out this Season's Official Thread... It’s been a while since I gave any detailed updates on Fund Activity, so here is a rundown of what we’ve been up to already this season. You may remember that we ended last season with a triumphant Champion’s League Final Night at Ibrox, with Erskine winning the Star Prize… And then it was straight back to business, for Season 2019/20, with the biggest expense of the season – 10 Season Tickets for Erskine and Combat Stress - £2568. Then a wee donation of £55.56 towards @DerekJohnstone‘s own Fundraising efforts for Army Benevolent Fund in the Caterham Yomp. I’m sure @DerekJohnstone appreciated the contribution, and will be along soon to encourage everyone to take part again this year. (tip: if you want to take part, you can do the 54 miles, or alternatively just stick a couple of quid in his collection – whichever is easiest!) Next up we received £270 from the Erskine Veteran Bears themselves. Isn’t it great that the Erskine Bears themselves are keen to get involved in our Fundraisers. They know a good scheme when they see one! Then we had the friendlies in July – 10 Concession tickets for each of the 4 games (Oxford United £32, Cheating Marseille £72, Blackburn Rovers £88, Derby County £72) Next up, 10 concessions for the Europa Qualifiers I and II, against St. Joseph’s £72, and Progres Niederkorn £96. And the Progres game also saw the return of our £40 per game for 20 Rising Stars All New Union JackPot Half Time Draw. Next up, 10 concession tickets for Europa round 3 v FC Midtjylland £120. Plus £40 Union JackPot tickets. Then 10 concession tickets for Europa round 4 v Legia Warsaw £120. Plus £40 Union JackPot tickets. Then £110 to Rangers Lotto, to renew our 11 weekly entries for the next 10 weeks. (We’ll need to pay another £440 to Rangers Lotto soon, assuming that we want to keep that subscription going for the remainder of the Rangers Lotto Year.) Then some Union JackPot tickets for the first 2 Home League games - £80 And then last week we had a biggie – 10 concession seats for the 3 Europa group games, which came to a whopping £600. But worth it, because our Veterans really do love those European nights. Reminds them of Normandy! Last Tuesday saw another Squad of Erskine Veterans descending upon Ibrox for a Stadium Tour and Argyle Restaurant Lunch. We’ll hopefully get a full report, including photos, from Erskine soon. The Stadium Tour tickets, as always, were donated free by Rangers Charity Foundation, so we only needed to pay for the 11 3-course meals and 11 pints, plus our customary tip for the restaurant staff and tour guide. That was £210 in total. Oh yes, we donated £500 to BRAVEHOUND last week. We’re big fans of BRAVEHOUND. How much does that all add up to? Gimme a minute… It’s about £3000. Luckily we already had a few quid in reserve to pay for most of that, but it left us effectively skint. Luckily, the new season fundraiser finally appeared, and so far we’ve raised £1754.58 from 74 Members in the last 2 weeks. Plus £236 from raffling @Sparkle ‘s tickets for a recent home game. And with 23 Members pledged to donate in the next month or so, that should raise another couple of hundred. So next up, if we want to continue to do good things, then we need lots of new Members to donate, otherwise we’ll run out of funds before we get to our mid-season top-up fundraiser. We’ve got Remembrance Day, and Christmas not that far away, plus I hear Erskine would be partial to another Stadium Tour! So if you’ve not already donated this season, please do so, and if you have already donated this season, please hijack all the other threads and encourage others to donate too.
  3. Today we have available 2 tickets (Copland Front) for Sunday's game. SOLD OUT They will be raffled as a pair, using the National Lottery Bonusball draw which will be on Wednesday night. So if you want one or two of those bonusball numbers, and a 1 or 2 in 59 chance of winning those 2 tickets, add a post here quickly, choosing your number, or PM me, quickly. First come, first served. Entry cost: £4 (half will go to Erskine, half will go to Bravehound). Max two entries per member. Payment will be via the RM Erskine Fund's usual PayPal address. PM me if you don't have it already. And whoever wants number 55 will have to pay £6 for the privilege . The winner will need to collect their tickets from the Ticket Office on Saturday or Sunday. 01 - Blue Rino (PAID) 02 - ianb1547 (PAID) 03 - Redwhiteandblue (PAID) 04 - d_nic83 (PAID) 05 - billscott (PAID) 06 - fernando0606 (PAID) 07 - SpidermansGaffer (PAID) 08 - blueballss (PAID) 09 - gazza27 (PAID) 10 - Ricksen_Da_Best (PAID) 11 - DinViesel (PAID) 12 - gazza27 (PAID) 13 - CR3 (PAID) 14 - David1872 (PAID) 15 - bluebear24 (PAID) 16 - Blue Avenger (PAID) 17 - DinViesel (PAID) 18 - caps13gb (PAID) 19 - stu90 (PAID) 20 - Boaby Bear (PAID) 21 - fernando0606 (PAID) 22 - JohnCalvin (PAID) 23 - euanRFC(PAID) 24 - stewaj3 (PAID) 25 - fog (PAID) 26 - Blue Rino (PAID) 27 - David1872 (PAID) 28 - Ricksen_Da_Best (PAID) 29 - euanRFC (PAID) 30 - SpidermansGaffer (PAID) 31 - ianb1547 (PAID) 32 - 5Beckenbauer (PAID) 33 - Redwhiteandblue (PAID) 34 - sprintervanman (PAID) 35 - d_nic83 (PAID) 36 - Valance1690 (PAID) 37 - Valance1690 (PAID) 38 - fanaticCR (PAID) 39 - Blue Avenger (PAID) 40 - bluebear24 (PAID) 41 - cogsy69uk (PAID) 42 - billscott (PAID) 43 - stu90 (PAID) 44 -DiamondBear (PAID) 45 - caps13gb (PAID) 46 - stewaj3 (PAID) 47 - The Judderman (PAID) 48 - blueballss (PAID) 49 - fog (PAID) 50 - 5Beckenbauer (PAID) 51 - Bad Robot (PAID) 52 - sprintervanman (PAID) 53 - The Judderman (PAID) 54 - TFP77 (PAID) 55 - TFP77 (PAID) 56 - Bad Robot (PAID) 57 - DiamondBear (PAID) 58 - Boaby Bear (PAID) 59 - fanaticCR (PAID)
  4. The RangersMedia Erskine Fund does a lot more than it says on the tin. Yes, we support Erskine Veterans Care Home by providing Season tickets for All Home Games, giving them bucketloads of official merchandise and memorabilia, sending them off on day trips here there and everywhere, buying them pints, fish suppers, Sweeties at Christmas, Christmas Trees, Santa Suits, pyjamas, Nights out at Ibrox, Winning Framed Shirts for them every year, etc etc, I could go on. I usually do. And yes, we support Combat Stress, who look after some of our younger Veterans in need of support, by providing season tickets for Hollybush House hospital. Combat Stress tell us that those season tickets we provide have great therapeutic value in terms of dealing with crowds etc, so that's great. And we bought them some bikes for Christmas too! And yes, of course we support Bravehound Charity too. I guess right now, we're probably the only football forum in the history of football forums who have sired their own Veterans' Companion Dog, and that's great too - and watch this space, we may have some more positive Bravehound results to report soon. So yes, we do all that. A pretty amazing use of your tenner, I'd say. And yes, I'll admit, we've got a knack for using our resources to generate even more resources, meaning that we get tremendous value for money from your donation, over and over (like the £250 raised by last week's bonusball raffle for the 2 tickets) And yes every year we support Rangers Youth Development by signing up for 11 Rangers Lotto entries each week, and 20 Rising Stars Union Jackpot Half time Draw tickets for every Home Game. So yes, it's fair to say we do a fair bit for charity. But here's something a lot of people miss amongst all that. Season Tickets, match tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Lunches, official merchandise, Union Jackpot tickets, Rangers Lotto tickets. It turns out that The RangersMedia Erskine Fund is also a very big supporter of Rangers FC too. And I do believe that we have accidentally ended up with probably the most efficient, effective and satisfying charity ever. And even if I'm hyping it up just a little bit, and it's only 10% as good as I say, well that's still a pretty decent use of your tenner anyway. So please donate.
  5. Greetings Fellow Bears, Many of you will already be familiar with the RM Erskine Fund Season Ticket Scheme which has ensured many many Veterans have enjoyed many many Home Games over the last few seasons. Although we've downsized our activity of late, we have about half a dozen diehard Bluenose Veterans from Erskine, Bravehound and Combat Stress still on our books who are always mad keen to get a chance to see the Boys in Blue, and I would hate for them to miss out on any games just because I couldn't be bothered starting a thread. Last week, Jimmy (Erskine/Bravehound/Combat Stress Veteran) enjoyed the Hibs game, and Tam (Bravehound/Combat Stress Veteran) enjoyed a European victory on Thursday. Sadly I don't have any pics to share, because they're both totally useless with technology!!! And just for the record, these two guys jump at any chance to go to Ibrox, including all the crappy lower league and diddy cup games over the last few years, not just the glamour ties!! So if you would like that to continue, then we desperately need your help. If you have a season ticket and you think you might not manage to get to any particular game over the next month or two, then please consider making your seat(s) available to us and we will pass it on to one of our Veterans Just PM me, and we can work it out very very easily. I'm sure everyone who has taken part in the scheme before will vouch for how effortless, secure and rewarding it is. So what are you waiting for? PM Me.
  6. No it’s not a clickbait title- for once! So after 6 years of fundraising, I’ve finally decided that it’s finally time for me to finally hang up my gloves, and finally start to draw the curtain down on my overly-long involvement in what was actually only supposed to be a one-off fundraiser. There are lots of random, unrelated and non-controversial reasons behind my decision, the main one being health-related, so that’s the end of that discussion! I’m sure many of you will be delighted at the news of my retirement, because let’s face it, I’m an annoying cunt, even on a good day. What I don’t want to do though, is leave either Erskine or the many Loyal Fund Members suddenly in the lurch, so I have hopefully come up with a workable exit strategy… We have already just recently paid £2500 for 10 Erskine & Combat Stress Season tickets renewals for the coming season, and we still have a few hundred quid left in the bank to cover Europa and Cup tickets for the next couple of months, plus our previously promised donation to Bravehound, so we’re good for a while. We will shortly launch the RM Erskine Fund 2019/20 New Season Membership/Donations thread just as we had planned to do. But this time, it will run only for about one month, giving any members who wish to continue their support into next season an opportunity to do so. After which, we will stop accepting donations into the current Fund account. The money raised from that fundraiser, added to the money that we already hold in reserve, should mean that we will have enough money to maintain our spending for the rest of this season (albeit on a reduced budget), and also still hold enough money in reserve to pay for next season’s season tickets, which will be approx £2500 and will be due in May 2020, which means we will be providing continued support using just our existing (plus next month's) resources, until May 2021, which I think is not a bad exit strategy. Of course, that’s using just our existing (plus next month’s) resources. After I end my fundraising involvement, it doesn't mean that other Members can’t keep things going in all sorts of ways – it just means donations won’t go through my bank account, so you’ll need to work something out yourselves for that side of things. (off the top of my head, I can think of loads of options, so it shouldn't be too hard to come up with some fully workable ideas). I will of course be fully available to the Fund in an offline advisory capacity for as long as my input is needed. So may I take this opportunity to thank Everyone who has so wholeheartedly supported our efforts over those many years. I only made the outlandish demands I made, because I knew there were People like you there to meet them. And together, I think we made enough of a difference for it to have been ultimately worthwhile. So there you go – that’s the plan. Keep your eye out for the season 19/20 Membership Fundraiser thread which will be along soon, and let’s make it a good one. Oh and don't forget, you've got a Dug to feed too!
  7. @4ladshadadream @40delboy40 @72barca @ab4113 @Ace @AGC123 @Andy Little's Boots @archangel gabriel amato @As I Was Walking.... @Aubie92 @Bad Robot @BallochBear @bbloyal @Big Al II @Bigdave30 @BILLYBOY50 @BluebearDory @BLUEDIGNITY @Bluekev @Blue Rino @Brackley @BridgeIsBlue @BRITNEY IS NOT FEELING IT @Burnbank Derry @Callum Doon @Carling1873 @CoopsLaud @Cracked Actor @Crispy Bear @Dan Deacon @D'Artagnan @dougie76 @EKCO @G13 @Goggs @govanblue @govansw1 @graeme_4 @gsa @HairyBeary @hammer93 @hammer time @HG5 @Hoody @its_an_extender @Jakes Pal @JC10 @jintybear @johntee @Jonok @King's Troop @Kirkintillochbear @LaudrupsPatrickBoots @limeburner @LOL153 No Surrender!!! @LSgers @macmac @Malvern @mikekeith @MrMckee @Muz333 @mus @my shepherds @nine4eight @NornIronBear @Oaktreeloyal @offshoreworker @oldskoolblue @only14me @OnwardsandUpwards @pcbear @plumbGER @Prince George @ps95v7 @Pure_Quality @ranter @RFC Eagle @ricksen_da_best @ronniescu @sandyinroyalblue @scottyscott1963 @Siam69 @SJFC 2004 @Sparkle @SteveEarle @SuperTav @Sweetheart @Taipan @TEFTONG @The Beast @thebluedoo @The Ghost @Thewhitesettler @Twadugs @unclebuzzy @VERITAS VOS LIBREBETS @Wee Bud @weeneily @Wullies_bowly_legs Greetings Fellow Fund Members, Just a last reminder that the RM Erskine Fund is currently accepting End-of-Season "Top-up" Donations from existing Members. If you would like to make a small donation to help us bolster the coffers, Ready for the coming season, then please feel free to make a donation via the usual payment methods. Or PM @Zetland @Bears r us or @govanblue if you need help with any of that. Our coffers will need a good bolstering, because before we know it, we’ll be up to our knees in Friendlies and Europa Qualifiers, and with 12 Veterans’ Season Tickets all signed up on the CCCS scheme, that’s going to cost us a few quid. Remember that the End of Season Fundraiser is a top-up fundraiser, not the main event. So we’re not looking for a massive donation from you, just a few quid is fine, or whatever you feel like giving. And it’s also completely optional – you’ve already done what was asked of you by donating to The Fund in the first place, so if you want to sit this one out, feel free. If you’re not already an existing Fund Member, and would like to become one, just add a post here, or PM @Zetland or myself and we’ll add you to the Pledged List. We’re not looking for any money from you just yet - we’ll be starting the Season 2019/20 Membership Fundraiser towards the end of July, and we’ll give you a shout then for your donation. And for the Members who have already donated to this End of Season Fundraiser – many thanks! Please don't donate again just yet – we’ll See you in the New Season
  8. RangersMedia Erskine Fund – End of Season Fundraiser. Well folks, here we are again It’s Season Ticket renewal time, which means we need to find another £3000 to renew our Erskine and Combat Stress Season Tickets. We also have Champions League Final Night at Ibrox, which is always very popular with the Veterans, and will set us back another £600. And before we know it, we’ll be back to to back to back friendlies and Europa Qualifiers, which fingers crossed, will also set us back a load of cash! These games are particularly important for our Erskine Veterans, because the weather is usually better in June, which gives some of the frailer Veterans a chance to get to the games. Our new season Membership Fundraiser will start at the same time as our first competitive match (June, I guess), so until then, we’ll need a wee Funds injection to help us meet our needs. So there you have it – if we are to continue doing what we do, then we’re going to need more cash. This is what more cash looks like... Traditionally, we don’t ask for a massive donation at the end of season, because we appreciate that you have already worked your socks off donating all season long, and because the New season will be upon us all too soon. So if you can spare a fiver, that’s grand. If you’re doing all right, and want to give more than a fiver, then that’s grand too. If you’re not doing so well, and would struggle to find a fiver. Sorry to hear that. Maybe consider donating just a pound, because £1 or £100 – it’s all the same in the Hall of Fame. Donations are via PayPal or Bank Transfer. If you already have the details then fire away – but remember to put your RM username in as a reference somewhere – and if you’re using PayPal Please remember to select the “send money to friends or family” option, so that we can avoid the PayPal fees. If you don’t know our PayPal address or Bank details, or need help figuring out how to do it then add a post here, or PM @Zetland , who will provide you with all you need to know. Zetland will also maintain the End Of Season Hall of Fame below.
  9. Seems like only yesterday... Which is my roundabout way of saying: 1. Season 19/20 is upon us, whether we're Ready or not. 2. Support the RangersMedia Erskine Fund, because that's what we'll do with your £3. And maybe just a wee bit of this too...
  10. May I introduce Robert Johnston, Aged 96, Erskine Glasgow Resident and Lifelong Bear... who was delighted to receive his new top recently, courtesy of RM Erskine Fund Members. He doesn't get to as many games as he'd like these days, but he's delighted that there's a season ticket sitting waiting for him any time he fancies it. And then we have Big Thank-You's from four Erskine Bishopton Bears, also delighted with their tops, and looking forward to wearing them at as many games as possible next season. Charlie 'Dinger' Bell So that's where £100 of your donations went. I hope you approve. If you would like to see more of stuff like that, then simply donate a few quid to the RM Erskine Fund, and we can do more on your behalf. Next up, we've bought 28 tickets for Erskine for the Ibrox Champions League Fundraiser Night next weekend. We'll also want to provide them with some beer money and raffle tickets on the night. That will bring our spending for the season to a close, then we can start worrying about how to do it all again next season!
  11. It's been 5 years since I made that post, and I've never ever needed to follow it up, because every D-Day since has been marked by a Heroic and Legendary Donation from Keeps01. This year, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, is no exception. Keeps01 has delivered once again, and Erskine are delighted to receive their traditional annual delivery of 160 whisky miniatures, which are always a most welcome addition to the Veteran's D-Day Ration Packs. Check it out... Oh there is one sad bit of news though. In a tragic hunting accident, Keeps01 has lost his profile. Long Live Keeps2.0 - whoever and wherever he may be.
  12. Many thanks to @King's Troop and @WILLIAM BEAR who have once again donated their unused season tickets to the Fund for the Hibs game. Those tickets were gratefully received by a couple of ex-Servicemen. Here's an account from one of them, an ex-Argyll if I remember correctly. He and his son were over the moon to get some free tickets and came down from Inverness for a day to remember... And before anybody says anything about those photos - I know!!! But he's only young! Hopefully we've intervened early enough for a full recovery to still be possible and hopefully we can kit him out with some proper Rangers gear from Mrs Eagle's Charity Shop.
  13. We have one pair of tickets for Sundays game to be raffled (using the National Lottery Bonusball to decide the winning number). Many thanks to @Sparkle once again for donating her unused seats. If you would like to win these 2 tickets, just add a post here, and tell us how many bonusball entries you would like. Entries cost £2 each and you can choose your own bonusball number from the remaining numbers. Don't pay any money just yet, because I'm hopeful that once other Fund Members see this thread, we may get another unused ticket or two donated. If that happens, then I will put the price up a little bit (£1 for every ticket we have available). The winners can collect their tickets from the Ticket Office any time after the lottery draw. (Can somebody remind me which day the bonusball draw is on?) Who's in?
  14. Welcome to the RM Erskine Fund - Members Thread - Season 2018/19 The RM Erskine Fund is a voluntary fundraising group funded by RM Member donations (and other occasional fundraising activities), now entering its 5.5th season. I've lost count of how much we've raised (and spent wisely!) in that time. But for sure, it's WELL over a hundred thousand pounds. It's definitely made a difference; and all we need from you to keep it rolling is a measly tenner!! The Fund's primary role is to provide Recreational Treats directly to the Residents of Erskine Veterans Care Homes. We do this primarily by providing Rangers Season Tickets, Match Tickets, Hospitality Tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Restaurant Lunches, Rangers TV subscriptions, Rangers merchandise and clothing, and anything else we can think of. Not only does this make the MANY Rangers supporting Veterans very happy, it also has a double bonus of putting a lot of that money directly back in to The Club, and keeping those Blue Pounds Blue! We also provide occasional non-Rangers related Recreational Treats, to ensure that ALL residents benefit from our Fund, and not just the Bears. Recent examples: Boat Trips, Restaurant Lunches, Christmas Party Donations, Palace Visits, D-Day Whisky Miniatures, Fish n Chips, and pretty much anything that Erskine fancy (Even Billy Elliott!) We also support Residents of Hollybush House Hospital (Combat Stress) by providing 4 Season Tickets for their exclusive use. These seats have become an important part of Hollybush House's recreational therapy. Many of their Residents have serious issues dealing with crowds, loud noises, etc. The value of a friendly crowd, which they can genuinely feel a part of, can not be understated. We also allocate a portion of our Fund to supporting Rangers Youth Development, in the form of regular subscriptions to Rangers Lotto, Half-time Rising Stars, Brick purchases, and more. This season we've also pledged our support to the BRAVEHOUND charity, who provide trained Companion Dogs for Veterans with PTSD or other issues. We've bought a puppy for BRAVEHOUND. His name is Broxi, and he's currently in Basic Training, before deployment. So we will have a continuing responsibility to contribute to his upkeep. And we even have enough left over to make sure that we are able to make a small donation on behalf of RM members, to Rangers-related fundraisers, to help out other Bears in their time of need, or to support their Good Cause. The Fund has no running costs (as long as you remember to tick the "friends and family" option on PayPal!). So every penny donated is properly spent and properly accounted for. Here's a summary of what we did last season... http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/topic/315733-rm-erskine-fund-the-season-is-over-how-did-we-do/?do=findComment&comment=1064801364 Not bad, eh? Season membership of The Fund is a one-off minimum donation of £10 (or more). But if you're feeling a bit flush, you can donate as much as you want!!! That's it. You don't need to donate every month or anything like that. In November, we will run a mid-season fundraiser, but you don't need to donate to that, or to the end-of season fundraiser. Most people DO donate something whenever I pop up with a new fundraiser - I guess that's because they have a couple of quid spare, and they approve of what we're doing with it. But it's always optional. ---------------------------------------- How to donate: Donations via PayPal or by Bank Transfer. PM @Zetland for details. Last season's members - you know the score - please get yourself on the donated list, (or the pledge list if you're waiting for payday) - and please encourage other RM Members to do the same - Some of them just need a wee pointer. Renewing, New or potential members - PM @Zetland with any questions you may have. @Zetland will look after the Hall Of Fame Members List in the post below, and then I'll put a load of photos in the post below that, just to remind everybody why we're bothering. And then I'll put a few posts in to summarise what we've done so far this season, and what's next. So, without further ado, let's go...
  15. Greetings! You may have noticed that I've been out of the game for the last few months. Well I'm back in the game now. I've got a bit of catching up to do, and I notice that there are hundreds of new Forum Members who haven't signed up to the RM Erskine Fund. Let's sort that, shall we? If you haven't already donated to the Fund, then please do so. You can afford it, and your donation will be put to much better use than any other donation you may make elsewhere. If you're already a Fund Member, but haven't donated to our current (optional) Mid-Season Top-Up Fundraiser, then please consider doing so. Donating is easy - either via PayPal or Bank Transfer. PM me or @Zetland for the details. Now to the updates: My last proper update was in mid-October, so there's quite a bit to catch up on... Spending: Donations given: 19/10/18 - Donation to Broxi BRAVEHOUND - £300 27/10/18 - 3 x Salopettes for Erskine Veterans (to keep them warm at Ibrox) - £145 21/12/18 - Christmas Party donations to 3 Erskine Homes - £1100 28/01/19 - Donation to Broxi BRAVEHOUND - £200 Match tickets: 29/10/18 - Wheelchair & Companion ticket (Erskine): v Spartak - £18, League Cup Semi Final - £22, v Villareal - £18 =£58 04/01/19 - 10 tickets v Helsinki (Erskine &Combat Stress) - £32 Supporting Rangers Youth Development: 20 Rising Stars v Spartak - £40 20 Rising Stars v Kilmarnock - £40 20 Rising Stars v Motherwell - £40 20 Rising Stars v Livingston - £40 20 Rising Stars v Villareal - £40 20 Rising Stars v Aberdeen - £40 20 Rising Stars v Hibs - £40 20 Rising Stars v smellies - £40 20 Rising Stars v St Mirren - £40 =£360 Total spending October to January: £2195 Donations received: October: @graeme_4 @ricksen_da_best @pcbear @backup @Thewhitesettler @terry739 @Hoody @onefootwillie @AGC123 @10pshortof17pound @thebluedoo @hammer time @bordersbear @Sweettartangirl @ps95v7 @Burnbank Derry @Dan Deacon @my shepherds @Twadugs @Domthenbud @ZZed @LOL153 No Surrender!!! @SJFC 2004 @Brackley @Junior Soprano @Wee Bud @fermblue @LOL153 No Surrender!!! - again! @Finny @EKCO @G13 @SuperTav @Jonok @plumbGER @hammer93 @Taipan @Malvern @Crispy Bear @ronniescu @its_an_extender @HG5 @mus @macmac @BILLYBOY50 @Bluekev @Oaktreeloyal @40delboy40 @MrMckee @oldskoolblue @offshoreworker November: @LSgers @Kirkintillochbear @EKCO - again! @Junior Soprano - again! @Pure_Quality @oldbear @LaudrupsPatrickBoots @JC10 @BluebearDory @Oaktreeloyal - again! @Quiet Jim @ZZed @CoopsLaud @Oaktreeloyal - again! @Oaktreeloyal - again! @NornIronBear @Oaktreeloyal - again! December: @G13 @King's Troop @Corky True Legend @McEwan's Lager @Travelrug @Oaktreeloyal - again! @Zetland January: @Blue Avenger @gmcf @jamess @billscott @BallochBear @Junior Soprano - again! @The Ghost @macmac @RFC Eagle @Big Al II @bordersbear @ZZed @Oaktreeloyal - again! @Falcoholic @Rfc52 (you're my wife now!) @Bobby Hume @wotmeworry W Hershaw - PM me yor RM username! @MrMckee @Malvern @mikekeith @weeneily @jintybear @broxieman @Keeps01 February: @WILLIAM BEAR @EKCO - again! @fermblue @Courtyard Bear @govanblue (Yeah, I forgot!!!) Have I missed anyone? PM me if your name's not here. Total donated by Members, October to January: £2,577.46 And now, let us turn our attention back to the Mid-Season Fundraiser, which is currently in full swing...
  16. And with two weeks to go till our next Home Game, I don't really know what to do with myself. I guess I'll have to just focus on building up the Squad. The time has just rushed past, and we're fast approaching the November Mid-Season Fundraiser - you know? the one that pays for Erskine's Christmas parties. And normally I would ask all existing Members to consider making another small donation. But when I look at this season's membership list, I see that there are only around 80 names on it. Which is significantly lower than the 220 or so who donated last season. When I look through the list, many of the names that jump out are of Long-standing Members who I know I can rely on. So I'm guessing they've just not got around to donating yet for one reason or another. So before I start the Mid-Season Fundraiser, I'm going to do a shout-out to all of Last Season's Members, who haven't renewed their membership this season. @10pshortof17pound @1bluebaba @40delboy40 @AdmiralBlue @AGC123 @AlCapone @A.T.G @Bad Robot @better than all the rest @BILLYBOY50 @Billythebear77 @Blue72 @BluebearDory @BlueboyG @BLUEDIGNITY @bluegecko @BLUEDIGNITY @Bluekev @bluenose1975 @Blue Nosed Babe @Blueofblood @Bluepeter9 @Blue Sheep @born a blue nose@born a blue nose @Brackley @broomloanjamie @bump @Cadman @Caldoboydo @calio @Cameltoe @CoopsLaud @cruixranger @cstamomusa @dande101 @Dan Deacon @Darth Bear @Dave29 @Deadmansshoe @deco19761 @DexterMorgan @Docspawn @Domthenbud @DW1872 @eosmhdo @fermblue @Finny @FlippinEck @folkestoneger @ForeverAndEver @FoxintheBox @FSM @G13 @Hamie @hammer93 @hammer time @heathen fish boy @HenleyBear @HG5 @Hoody @Hutchy WATP @IbroxBurnzy @Jakes Pal @j1mgg @JC10 @jintybear @JohnH @Johnny Dangerously @Jonok @Junior Soprano @JWAC @Kai_Johansen @Kirkintillochbear @lanarkshire_bear @LaudrupsPatrickBoots @LiviGer @LochendBilly @LSgers @macmac @mearns loyal @MFJ14 @mgartley82 @murzo @mus @Muz333 @my shepherds @McEwan's Lager @NavyBear @newlanarkboy @NornIronBear @OceanRain @oldbear @oldskoolblue @onefootwillie @Orange Persson @Perth_Campsie_Ger @plumbGER @Prytz's Perm @ps95v7 @Pure_Quality @Quiet Jim @RangersScotty9 @ranter @rblair92 @RFCRobertson @RJMcGregor @Rmc54 @Rosebery1872 @scott12003 @SJFC 2004 @sRcFoCt @SteveEarle @SuperTav @Taipan @TaysideBear @thebluedoo @TheCutch @TheMurray83@thetruthisootthere @theweebluenose @Thewhitesettler @thistleman @toad @Twadugs @Wee Bud @westieblue @William McBeath @wullho @WWTC Hello Former Fund Members. We miss you!!!! Please support the RM Erskine Fund again this season.
  17. Welcome to the official RangersMedia Erskine Fund - New Season, New Membership - Pledge your Support Here Thread. [short version for existing members - membership renewal for the New Season is due now. PM me or @Zetland for payment details. If you want to join, but can't pay yet for whatever reason, then get yourself on the Pledged List for now - that's semi-respectable at least! The RM Erskine Fund is a voluntary fundraising group funded by RM Member donations (and other occasional fundraising activities). The money raised is spent as follows: Providing Rangers FC Products and Services to Residents of 4 Erskine Care Homes (eg: Season Tickets, Match Tickets, Hospitality Tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Restaurant Lunches, Rangers TV, Rangers Match Programmes) Providing non-Rangers-related Recreational Treats for the Residents of 4 Erskine Homes (eg: Boat Trips, Restaurant Lunches, Christmas Party Donations, Palace Visits, D-Day Whisky Miniatures) Supporting The Rangers Family - Rangers Development Fund, Rangers Charity Foundation, Rangers Ladies, Rangers Football In The Community. We also support Residents of Hollybush House Hospital (Combat Stress) by providing 4 Season Tickets for their exclusive use, Rangers TV and Rangers Match Programme Subscriptions The Fund has no running costs – (except the 6% PayPal fee charged by PayPal on all donations ). So every penny donated is properly spent and properly accounted for. With over £60,000 raised to date (and spent very wisely!), we are now enthusiastically embarking on our 6th Season of Supporting Erskine Veterans and Rangers FC. It promises to be our most successful season so far - and that’s why we’d really like you to join us - the more members we have, the more we can achieve, so please join us. It's easy, and very rewarding. Season membership of The Fund is a minimum donation of £10. But if you're feeling a bit flush, you can donate as much as you want!!! Last season's members - you know the score - please get yourself on the pledged list - and please encourage other RM Members to do the same - Some of them just need a wee pointer. New or potential members - PM @govanblue or @Zetland with any questions you may have. ---------------------------------------- How to donate: Donations via PayPal or by Bank Transfer. PM @govanblue or @Zetland for details. @Zetland will be looking after the Pledged List and updating the Members List - and if you think I'm a tenacious bastard, wait till you see her in action. Note: Please do not feel obliged to publicly say how much you're donating. But then on the other hand, if you're planning on making a particularly generous donation, then telling people how much you're donating, and why, might encourage other members to do something similar. Do what you want really, as you always do! Current Pledged Members List - see next post. If you're name's not on it, then add a post to this thread.
  18. *** RM Erskine Fund – Season 2016/17 - Accounts, Members, Donations, Discussion, Action BUMP! The RM Erskine Fund is a voluntary fundraising group funded by RM Member donations (and other occasional fundraising activities). The money raised is spent as follows: Providing Rangers FC Products and Services to Residents of 4 Erskine Care Homes (eg: Season Tickets, Match Tickets, Hospitality Tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Restaurant Lunches, Rangers TV, Rangers Match Programmes) Providing non-Rangers-related Recreational Treats for the Residents of 4 Erskine Homes (eg: Boat Trips, Restaurant Lunches, Christmas Party Donations, Palace Visits, D-Day Whisky Miniatures) Supporting The Rangers Family - Rangers Development Fund, Rangers Charity Foundation, Rangers Ladies, Rangers Football In The Community. We also support Residents of Hollybush House Hospital (Combat Stress) by providing 4 Season Tickets for their exclusive use, Rangers TV and Rangers Match Programme Subscriptions The Fund has no running costs – (except the 6% PayPal fee charged by PayPal on all donations ). So every penny donated is properly spent and properly accounted for. With over £42,000 raised to date (and spent very wisely!), we are now enthusiastically embarking on our 5th Season of Supporting Erskine Veterans and Rangers FC. It promises to be our most successful season so far - and that’s why we’d really like you to join us. We launched this season’s new membership a few days ago, and the response from members has been awesome - We already have over 100 New Members before a ball is even kicked. But the more members we have, the more we can achieve, so please join us. It's easy. How to donate: To donate to the RangersMedia Erskine Fund, simply make a donation of any amount you want via the RM PayPal Donate Page… http://www.rangersmedia.co.uk/paypal.html And then – VERY IMPORTANT – PM me to let me know you’ve donated. Or alternatively you can meet at Ibrox and donate cash.
  19. RM Erskine Rangers Recreation Fund - Season 2015/16 Ordinary RM Members Supporting Extraordinary Erskine Veterans. Donate here: http://www.rangersmedia.co.uk/paypal.html Welcome to the New RM Erskine Fund Thread – Season 2015/16 Latest Accounts: http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=284912 (The previous thread can be found here… http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=283308&page=41#entry1062778380 and all the other Fund threads can be found here… http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=search&search_tags=erskine%2Blunch%2Bfund&search_app=forums and here… http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=search&search_tags=rm%2Bsponsors%2Bfund&search_app=forums - That’s a lot of threads! The RangersMedia Erskine Rangers Recreation Fund (aka The Fund) is a voluntary fundraising group funded by RM Member donations (and other occasional fundraising activities). A donation of £5 or more gains you membership of the Fund’s Hall of Fame, which is by far the most respectable list around these parts - but more importantly, it helps us help our Veterans, and our Club. The money raised is spent as follows: Providing Rangers FC Products and Services to Residents of 4 Erskine Care Homes (eg: Season Tickets, Match Tickets, Hospitality Tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Restaurant Lunches, Rangers TV, Rangers Match Programmes) Providing non-Rangers-related Recreational Treats for the Residents of 4 Erskine Homes (eg: Boat Trips, Restaurant Lunches, Christmas Party Donations, Palace Visits, D-Day Whisky Miniatures) Supporting The Rangers Family - Rangers Development Fund, Rangers Charity Foundation, Rangers Ladies, Rangers Football In The Community. (we also support Residents of Hollybush House Hospital (Combat Stress) along the same lines as the Erskine Homes) The Fund has no running costs – (except the 6% PayPal fee charged by PayPal on all donations ). So every penny donated is properly spent and properly accounted for. With over £25,000 raised to date (and spent very wisely!), we are now enthusiastically embarking on our 4th Season of Supporting Erskine Veterans and Rangers FC. It promises to be our most successful season so far - and that’s why we’d really like you to join us. We launched this season’s new membership a few days ago, and the response from members has been awesome - We already have over 100 New Members before a ball is even kicked. But the more members we have, the more we can achieve, so please join us. It's easy. To Support our Activities, and Join our Hall of Fame, simply donate £5 or more to the Fund (and PM me). If money is in short supply, that's all we need from you. If even £5 is too much, not a problem - PM me for a full concession - there are other ways to help apart from money! If you earn enough to donate more than £5, then please feel free to donate as you see fit. If you're on holiday, offshore, waiting for pay day etc, then PM me and I'll add you to the Pledged List - then you can donate whenever is good for you. Donation Link: Donate here: http://www.rangersmedia.co.uk/paypal.html
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