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Stan Bowles Benefit Match raises over £100,000

QPR are delighted to confirm over £100,000 was raised from the Stan Bowles Benefit Match and other fundraising initiatives around the game.

Rangers played host to AFC Bournemouth in pre-season friendly action in late July, with over 9,000 supporters in attendance to pay tribute to the legendary former R's maverick, who is sadly suffering with Alzheimer's.

Gate receipts and hospitality proceeds from the fixture amount to £35,418, which will be transferred to the QPR No.10 Foundation and subsequently to Stan.

In addition, thanks to the incredible hard-work of the Stan Bowles Benefit Match committee, fronted by Colin Hale, the overall total reached £105,861 – and that number is set to continue to rise, with the signed warm-up t-shirts set to go to auction via www.JustForStan.com soon.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos told www.qpr.co.uk: "It's a fantastic final total and one which I know Stan and his family are hugely grateful for.

"Not only was it an enjoyable day for the Bowles family, but it also heightened awareness of Alzheimer's, which was important for everyone involved."

The Go Fund Me account – which raised over £50,000 – will remain open for some time and Stan’s daughter Andria Bowles, speaking on behalf of the family, expressed her thanks, adding: "We are so overwhelmed and grateful by the response to our Dad’s condition.

“The amount of money that the fans, the club and all the other people involved have raised for our Dad’s care, now and in the future, is just fantastic.

“We cannot stress how much this will help with his care for this terrible illness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Hale, a lifelong QPR fan, added: "I can't thank the club, the Bowles family and everyone else involved in the Benefit Match enough.

"From those who attended the game, to those who purchased virtual tickets, to those who assisted myself and the committee in all the hard work that went into the day itself - it just goes to show the affinity Stan is held in by R's supporters and the footballing public in general."

“A very special thank you must go to Don Shanks who worked tirelessly on this and helped me every step of the way. I know that Don and Stan are very close friends, but Don’s work and tenacity throughout was exceptional.”