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QPR in the Community Trust have teamed-up with the RAF to help honour the remarkable men and women of the Royal Air Force.

The RAF Benevolent Fund – the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity – is the chosen charity for Sunday's clash with Newcastle United at Loftus Road, on the week which marks the 70th anniversary of the famous Dambusters Raid carried out on 16-17 May 1943.  

QPR’s links with the Royal Air Force go back a long way with a number of Rangers players having served in the RAF over the decades, defending their country in peacetime and war. 

During the Second World War former players, including Aircraftsman McNickle, Joe Mallett, Ron Gunner, Bill McEwan, Ivor Powell, Reg Swinfen and Albert Sibley all served in the RAF.  

QPR played an even more recent part by paying a flying visit to RAF Northolt to lead the station team out on the pitch with a coaching session masterclass led by R’s academy coach Tony McCool.

Stephen McCarthy, Football Development Manager for QPR in the Community Trust, conducted the visit and was only too happy to support the cause, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s fantastic that we can show our support for the RAF Benevolent Fund. 

“Not only is it a nice way for QPR in the Community Trust to reach out to the local community but, with Tony, they are able to see both sides of QPR with some top quality coaching.

“It also gives us a chance to coach some players we wouldn’t usually see on an ordinary day with our current football programmes.

“It’s our pleasure to deliver a coaching session and hopefully our visit can help raise awareness of the fantastic work they do.”

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family. 

The charity spends over £20 million a year supporting the whole RAF family, from childhood through to old age, whether it’s adapting the home of a young man injured in Afghanistan, or providing a mobility scooter to a World War Two veteran.

Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, added: “On behalf of the Royal Air Force Benevolunet Fund I am absolutely delighted and extremely grateful that QPR has chosen us as their charity for Saturday’s match.

“Supporters' donations on Sunday will help the RAF Benevolent Fund carry on its good work. 

"Please give generously and help us honour the remarkable men and women of the Royal Air Force.”

For more information about the RAF Benevolent Fund or to make a donation please call 0800 169 2942 or visit www.rafbf.org.