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QPR to Host Charity Game for Grenfell Fire Victims

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Sports Editor
Updated: 18 August 2017
On the September 2, ex-footballers, as well as a number of celebrities from the world of music and entertainment will gather together for a football match at Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road stadium in the Game4Grenfell.

A short distance from Grenfell Tower itself, the aim is to raise money through ticket sales and donations for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that happened in June 2017, in which at least 80 people were confirmed dead.

Tony Fernandes and Les Ferdinand at Loftus Road.
Tony Fernandes and Les Ferdinand at Loftus Road. | Rex

QPR’s Co-Chairman Tony Fernandes, along with former QPR striker and current Director of Football Les Ferdinand, are responsible for putting the event together. Ferdinand will be playing in the game itself, along with former players such as David Seaman and Alan Shearer. Among the celebrities taking part will be Jarvis Cocker, Jamie Dornan, Tinie Tempah and Ollie Murs.

In addition, Stoke striker Peter Crouch will feature alongside his childhood friend Gregg Jules, a firefighter who was part of the service that dealt with the fire first hand.

Speaking ahead of the game, in an interview with the BBC, former QPR striker Les Ferdinand said, “It’s massive for me. I grew up there, from the age of six to 22 I lived on the estate and I know the facilities around here. I learned to play football on the pitches nearby with my mates. This was my area and whatever we can do to help these people we’ll do. I know how much a part of the community this football club is, the stadium was opened up for donations and for relief. If we can put on a game and generate some money then let’s do that.”

He went on to say: “Some of these kids that we coach on these pitches are survivors from the fire. There are people in the surrounding areas that stood on the sidelines and had to watch that – that will leave scars on them for the rest of their lives. Some of them have lost friends or relatives. We had two kids in our community programme that lost their lives as well. This is about the community and to see what we can do for them”.

Along with QPR, the event has been organised with the Community Trust Group, supported by Mumford and Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford. The musician explained, “This part of London is my home and I love it. Like many of the people that live round here, I saw the fire from my flat and ran down that morning – like lots from the surrounding communities did – and was privileged enough to be in the room listening to people’s stories that had come out of the tower. Once we had listened to those stories we couldn’t just leave, we felt very vested and involved. We met with QPR to talk about the game. Their attitude has been amazing and offered every opportunity for collaboration with surrounding organisations and other clubs.”

Mumford, working with QPR and the Community Trust, as well as a number of other local organisations, has played a major part in a recently launched scheme that offers a free football programme for the children of the Grenfell estate at the nearby Westway Sports Centre.

The game will be broadcast on Sky 1 and Freeview channel Pick from 2pm on Saturday September 2.

For more information regarding Game4Grenfell, including the opportunity to buy tickets or make donations, head to the official website.

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