QPR to host charity match for Grenfell victims at Loftus Road featuring Alan Shearer, Olly Murs, Paul Merson, Damian Lewis and others

 
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Mumford and Les: Marcus Mumford leads a host of celebrities playing in the match (Source: QPR)

Queens Park Rangers are hosting a charity match featuring celebrities and ex-professionals in support of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire disaster last month.

The West London football club's Loftus Road home is just one mile from the North Kensington Tower block in which at least 80 people died and many more were left homeless by the blaze six weeks ago.

Read more: The Wellcome Trust offered Kensington & Chelsea 70 homes for free after the Grenfell Tower fire

An array of actors, musician, former international footballers and even a firefighter directly involved in the rescue operation will take part in the match on 2 September, with proceeds from tickets going to relief efforts.

Celebrities signed up to take part include Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, former Verve lead singer Richard Ashcroft, pop star Olly Murs, model and actor Jamie Dornan and Marcus Mumford of folk band Mumford & Sons.

Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and David Seaman are among the ex-footballers set to play.

Mumford and QPR have already partnered on a free summer football programme for the young children of Grenfell.

Ex-pros Other
  • Les Ferdinand
  • David Seaman
  • Trevor Sinclair
  • Alan Shearer
  • Andy Sinton
  • Jody Morris
  • Ally McCoist
  • Paul Merson
  • Peter Crouch
  • Marcus Mumford
  • Olly Murs
  • Wretch 32
  • Ben Shephard
  • Damian Lewis
  • DJ Spoony
  • Tinie Tempah
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • Darren Campbell
  • Jamie Dornan
  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Serge Pizzorno
  • Tamer Hassan
  • Ben Cohen
  • James Bay
  • Gregg Jules, firefighter friend of Peter Crouch, involved in relief efforts

"The Grenfell Tower fire has had a huge impact on the local community, of which QPR is a massive part," said director of football Ferdinand.

"As someone who grew up in the area, personally this is incredibly close to my own heart and having spoken to Tony [Fernandes], he was also keen to continue the work we've done in the community since the fire.

"In the hours and days after the tragic fire, Fulham, Brentford, Chelsea and ourselves worked shoulder to shoulder, uniting for the communities we all live and work in."

Chairman and owner Tony Fernandes, who studied at the London School of Economics, added: "I spent my college days around the area affected and have always felt West London is special. The reaction after the Grenfell fire confirmed what I have always believed.

"It will take years, and in some cases a lifetime, for our community to recover from this. We hope this match, this event, this demonstration of support, will help, in some small way, to show that all those who have been affected are not alone.

"We all stand together."

Tickets for a #Game4Grenfell are on sale here now, priced at £15 for adults and £5 concessions.

For further information on the #Game4Grenfell, visit http://www.game4grenfell.com/

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Game4Grenfell

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