- Club confirms two charities for #StanBowlesDay
- GoFundMe account set up for Stan's on-going Alzheimer's care
- Alzheimer's Society page also set-up to raise awareness
AS the clock ticks down to #StanBowlesDay on Saturday, a GoFundMe page has been set up by Stan Bowles’ family, in conjunction with QPR, to provide Rangers fans – and the footballing public at large – with the chance to show their support for the legendary former R's star, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Since news broke earlier this summer regarding the 66 year-old’s ill-health, the outpouring of affection and support for the popular maverick – who made 315 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 97 goals between 1972 and 1979 – has been quite overwhelming.
The Bowles family are encouraging supporters to split their donation between the GoFundMe account – for Stan’s daily welfare and ongoing care – and the Just Giving Alzheimer’s Society page, supporting the UK's leading dementia support and research charity, to help raise awareness of the condition.
Tracy Bowles, Stan’s daughter, told www.qpr.co.uk: “Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s is so important to the family.
“We’ve seen how it can affect a loved one and we want to raise as much money as possible so everyone is fully aware of the condition and the impact it can have.”
She added: “QPR is Stanley’s club and the support we’ve had from everyone connected to Rangers and the Trust has been incredible over the last few days.
“There are some basic needs that are essential for Stan and the family in terms of his daily welfare – and working with the trust, we can hopefully improve his quality of day-to-day living and future care.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support so far – it just goes to show what a wonderful club QPR is.”
The GoFundMe account has been set-up with the help of the PFA – as the clock ticks down to Stan Bowles Day on Saturday, when Loftus Road plays host to QPR versus Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship.
There will be various other opportunities to donate throughout the coming days, including bucket collections; a special tribute programme; and various Superstore offers!
PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, said: “We are very pleased to play our part in supporting Stan. Stan is one of the game’s greatest characters and finest players of his generation. Many thanks in advance to all those who contribute to two such worthy causes.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at the Alzheimer's Society, told www.qpr.co.uk: “I want to extend our sincerest thanks to Queens Park Rangers Football Club, Stan Bowles and his family for supporting Alzheimer’s Society. In the UK alone, 850,000 people are living with dementia and this figure is set to rise to one million by 2021.The money raised will make a huge difference to many of the lives of people with dementia and their carers.”
“It is only in recent years that society has started to talk about dementia openly. Football clubs are at the heart of their local community and have an important role to play in creating a dementia friendly society.”
To donate to the Stan Bowles GoFundMe account, click HERE
To donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, click HERE
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Society, click HERE
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