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A poignant evening

TUESDAY 14th June 2022 marked the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire - and QPR continued to pay our respects and remember all those who were affected by the tragedy.

Throughout the last five years QPR have worked closely with Grenfell United and Grenfell Silent Walk as we aim to support the local area with numerous different initiatives.

Courtesy of our relationship with the charities which were set up following the tragedy, members of the Community Trust were invited to be part of this year’s multi-faith service as well as taking part in the annual silent walk.

Trust CEO Andy Evans reflected on what was a very poignant evening in North Kensington.

He explained: “It was an important day, especially for the survivors and the bereaved - I am sure they can’t escape their loss but obviously when the anniversary comes around each year, it brings it all back even more so.

“Grenfell United organised a multi-faith service right at the foot of Grenfell Tower itself and all the survivors, bereaved and the families were in attendance. There were various prayers and addresses from the different faith groups which represented those lost in the fire. There was an amazing gospel choir which sang as well, while local children released 18 balloons which represented the 18 children who were lost on the night.

“While everyone was sat in their seats waiting for the service to begin, we were joined by Prince William and Kate who laid a wreath - as did Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor.

“After the service everybody joined the tens of thousands of people on the streets of North Kensington to do the silent march, which takes place from Grenfell Tower and goes round the streets of North Kensington before heading back to the Tower. Someone said to me they estimated around 18,000 people were on the walk, which just shows you the kindness, generosity, and resilience of the community.

“That many people turning out in their numbers to support the community and also keep the message going means people aren’t going to forget what happened - it was a very poignant day and our thoughts must be with those who were directly affected five years ago.”

QPR in the Community Trust are proud to have continued to support our local community throughout the last five years.

Evans explained just how much an invite to the service meant to him and the club.

He explained: “For us to be invited to what was a private service meant a great deal to me, personally, and us as a club to included in that group hopefully shows what the Grenfell community feel about us as an organisation and what we have done to try and support them.

“Then on the silent march to see so many familiar faces and people that we have worked with and people that have been on our programmes, as well as our own staff was a special feeling.”