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#Game4Grenfell honoured at London Football Awards

#Game4Grenfell was honoured at the London Football Awards 2018 at Battersea Evolution on Thursday night.

The event, which celebrates the very best of London football, saw #Game4Grenfell win the Community Project of the Year prize.

The Judging Panel thought that the Community Project was very powerful and clearly demonstrated the importance of the Trust’s involvement in providing and coordinating support to the local community in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy and the long-term support to the survivors. The game and the Trust’s engagement of other London clubs was seen as a great example of the power of football coming together to unite the community.

QPR's Head of Media & Communications, Ian Taylor, who played a key role in organising #Game4Grenfell, told www.qpr.co.uk: "This award isn't about QPR - this is about Grenfell and the local community.

"When we decided to put the game on at Loftus Road, there was never any thought about winning awards or gaining credit from the industry.

"It was about what we could do, as the nearest football club to Grenfell Tower, for the local community and those affected by the tragedy in June."

QPR in the Community Trust CEO, Andy Evans, added: "#Game4Grenfell was an undoubted success and there are so many people to thank for making it possible, but it's not about plaudits, it's about our local community.

"The work the Trust is doing, in conjunction with many other local charities and organisations, will ensure the legacy from the game lives on in the form of various community-based programmes to support those affected for many years to come.

"Hopefully by QPR winning this award, it will bring Grenfell back into the spotlight, because there is still a lot of work that needs to be done."

QPR's Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, added: "After the game I remember speaking to some of the survivors and they were saying 'since the tragedy, this is the best day we've had.'

"A lot of people had felt on their own and thought no-one cared. But they saw a packed stadium and everything that took place was done for them and no other reason.

"I’m proud of everyone who helped organise #Game4Grenfell, because this community matters to me – and you saw by the response to the game that is matters to a lot of people in west London and afar.”

QPR staff were joined at the event by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, on a night which saw R's goalkeeper Alex Smithies miss out on the EFL Player of the Year award.