- Rangers to wear special shirts for Stan Bowles Day
- QPR host Rotherham United at Loftus Road on Saturday, 22nd August
- Shirts will carry the Alzheimer’s Society logo
QPR will wear special charity shirts when the R’s play host to Rotherham United at Loftus Road on Saturday 22nd August.
Earlier this summer, the club confirmed plans to hold a special matchday dedicated to Stan Bowles, who has recently been diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s.
The date coincides with the 40th anniversary of the day Rangers won 5-1 at reigning Division One champions Derby County – and Stan scored a hat-trick!
Amongst other planned activities on ‘Stan Bowles Day’, the R’s home shirts will carry the Alzheimer’s Society logo, kindly and generously donated by our official shirt sponsors, AirAsia.
Each match-worn shirt will be signed by the respective player, and auctioned off at the 1975/76 Gala Night Event (more details to follow in due course).
Stan’s daughter Tracy told www.qpr.co.uk: “This is a fantastic gesture from AirAsia and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the club for facilitating this.
“The level of support we’ve received from QPR, the Trust, the Rangers fans and the wider footballing community at large has been mind-blowing, but what’s just as important is that everyone understands the condition and everything associated with it.
“As a family, we’re all really looking forward to the day – and Stan is too.”
QPR’s Head of Media & Communications, Ian Taylor, added: “AirAsia and Tony Fernandes, in particular, were really supportive of this idea when the media team approached them.
“We’ve had great support from them and the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as the FA and Football League, in making this happen and I’m sure the supporters will be keen to get their hands on the shirts when they go to auction later this season.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer's Society, said: “It’s fantastic that Queens Park Rangers is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society to help people with dementia live well. By holding a ‘Stan Bowles Day’ and putting the Alzheimer’s Society logo on their players’ shirts, the club will make a big difference for Stan and his family and raise awareness about a condition which affects so many people.
“In the UK alone 850,000 people are living with dementia and the money raised will be channelled into vital support services for those with the condition and their carers.
“It is only in recent years that people have started to talk about dementia so openly. Football clubs are at the heart of their local community and have an important role to play in creating a dementia-friendly society.”
Siegtraund Teh Siew Foong, AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to donate our QPR shirt sponsorship to the Alzheimer’s Society for this special Stan Bowles Day.
“We were saddened to hear the news about one of QPR’s most iconic players, but hopefully this will make a big difference in raising awareness of the condition and in due course, providing Stan and his family with some funds for his on-going care.”
Further details regarding the Stan Bowles Day, as well as fundraising opportunities, will be announced in due course.
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