QPR midfielder Karl Henry says there is more to life than football

QPR midfielder Karl Henry

QPR midfielder Karl Henry - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

QPR midfielder Karl Henry was pleased to pick up three points against Leicester City, but knows the battle QPR face to stay in the Premier League is not as serious as other matters outside of the game.

Henry, 32, helped to organise a donation of over £40,000 from the QPR squad to Action Aid to help fight the spread of Ebola.

The virus has killed at least 4,950 people in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976.

Henry said: “I thought it would be nice to do something. It is no secret that we earn good money, and I personally wanted to do something.

“I asked a few of the lads and everybody was interested. Between us we raised £42,000, which is a decent amount, and we gave some to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Henry says the decision to make the donation was not done to motivate other teams in the top flight to follow suit.

He said: “I don’t want to start judging people or telling people where to donate money. I do things personally outside of football and I know a lot of players do.

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“I’m sure a lot of supporters believe players don’t care about these issues, but we certainly do. We just wanted to do something as a team, as a group of players.

“Hopefully it is something we will continue to do from time to time.

“I think it is just being decent human beings. We are in a fortunate position where we can raise a decent bit of money.”

Henry continued: “I know it will get negative press as well, these things always do.

“Some people will always say they should be doing more, but we didn’t do it for the publicity. It wasn’t about that, we just wanted to do something that will help the people who are being affected by Ebola.

“Most of us have played football all our lives and at times you think it is absoloutely everything and when you see things like this going on, 100 per cent it puts things into perspective.

“There is more to life than this. There are people struggling all over the world.

“My heart goes out to the people who are affected by Ebola. It is a terrible thing. Hopefully they get it under control as soon as possible.”

Despite being linked with a loan move away from the club in the summer, Henry has established himself as a key player this season.

His disciplined displays in the heart of the Rangers midfield have drawn much praise from QPR fans and the former Wolves man is pleased with his contribution.

“Fortunately for me, I have found an opportunity and shown people that I’m more than capable of bringing something to the table at this level,” said Henry.

“When we came back for pre-season, reading between the lines, it was going to be tough for me to get any game time with the amount of midfielders we signed.

“I knew there were opportunities to go out on loan to other clubs, which is something I didn’t want to do. I wanted to stay here and fight for my place.

“Hopefully I can play as many games as possible. I want to be part of us being a success this year and that means keeping us in the Premier League. I’d certainly rather be on the pitch than on the bench.

“I am definitely confident about staying up. I’ve been in this position a few times, we’ve got more than enough to stay in this league.”

Henry believes the Rs players will do whatever it takes to remain in the top flight.

“Our home form has been good,” he said. “We need to sort our away form out, we know that.

“We need to keep these sort of performances up at home. Sometimes it’s not pretty but is effective and we are getting results.”

Henry is backing Charlie Austin to continue his excellent goal scoring form against his former club Burnley on Saturday.

Austin’s goal against Leicester gave him seven in 12 games and Henry said: “I’ve played with some lazy strikers in my time, and he is not one of them.

“When he gets his goals everyone is delighted for him because he is a good lad and works his nuts off. He is a potent finisher.”

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