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Queens Park Rangers: #Game4Grenfell to take place on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 September 2017

Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand has helped organise the #Game4Grenfell, which takes place this weekend (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand has helped organise the #Game4Grenfell, which takes place this weekend (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

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Ex-professionals and celebrities to take part in special game to raise funds for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Olympic champion Mo Farah will be among the celebrities to take part in the #Game4Grenfell this weekend (pic: David Davies/PA) Olympic champion Mo Farah will be among the celebrities to take part in the #Game4Grenfell this weekend (pic: David Davies/PA)

Queens Park Rangers are hopeful of raising plenty of money this Saturday for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire when they host the #Game4Grenfell at their Loftus Road home.

A stellar list of former professional footballers and celebrities have signed up to take part in the game, with all proceeds going to help those affected by the terrible tragedy that occurred in June.

Organised by QPR director of football Les Ferdinand and Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, the match will see ex-professionals including Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Trevor Sinclair and Paul Merson take to the pitch once again.

Former Rs forward Peter Crouch will also feature alongside his friend, firefighter Gregg Jules, who was involved in the relief effort.

Celebrities including Mumford, Olly Murs, Damian Lewis, Tinie Tempah, Jamie Dornan and Sir Mo Farah will also take part in the event.

Tickets are still on sale for Saturday’s game and can be purchased by visiting www.game4grenfell.com, where more information about the event can be found and donations can be made.

For Ferdinand, who helped organise the match and will skipper one of the teams, with Shearer captaining the other, he felt compelled to do something after June’s fire, having grown up near to Grenfell Tower.

And with the fundraiser almost upon us, the Rs director of football is confident it will be a big success and help those in need following the Grenfell Tower fire.

“On the night of the fire, I got some messages on WhatsApp from my family about it. There was also one from Tony Fernandes, who said to open up the stadium for relief, donations and anything else,” he told The One Show on Tuesday evening.

“Tony also said that anything they need, we’d do our best to help. The next message was ‘let’s try and do a concert or something to raise some funds for it’.

“I grew up on the Lancaster West Estate, so I said to Tony that I grew up playing football club in the area and we’re a football club, so let’s see if we can put a football game together.

“I know a lot of the victims are talking about not getting enough help, and not enough care.

“I said to Tony ‘let’s see if we can do something, let’s see if we can get some people together, show that we do care and help the people of Grenfell’.”

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