QPR are once again delighted to highlight the fantastic work of midfielder Dom Ball as he looks to support the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank this Christmas.
Ball - who has been a big supporter of our local foodbank since his arrival in west London in 2019 - has gone out of his way to donate a fantastic amount of vital food and drink to our foodbank once more, situated just a stone’s throw away from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Bloemfontein Road.
With the support of his fellow teammates, 26-year-old Dom arrived at the foodbank armed with donations, which the R’s squad purchased themselves to help contribute to the cause.
This, mixed with donations which QPR in the Community Trust had collected from supporters throughout the season courtesy of our fantastic pair Dean and Steph Sampson - who are regular fixtures on South Africa Road - meant a fantastic 413.8kg of food donated alongside £255 in monetary donations.
Ball told www.qpr.co.uk: “Obviously, since I have been at QPR this has sort of become a thing that I have done once or twice a year.
“I last did it in lockdown, but the plan was to do it again at Christmas time because having spoken to the foodbank, that is when demand is at its highest.
“I certainly think what was really special this year is the whole team and squad got involved, beforehand I took what I could physically take, but this year we had every single player bringing in food that they had bought themselves and we took that up in the kitman’s van and my car.
“Obviously the Trust had already been collecting food and donations at the stadium throughout the last few months, so we came to the foodbank with a lot of donations, and they were taken aback by that and that will hopefully go a really long way for the families that are struggling at this time of year.
“We took the donations to the foodbank around the corner from the stadium and that is our community which is so important to the club - these are our fans, these are people that support us and it’s amazing that all the boys bought into it and hopefully we can improve our support for the foodbanks going forward.
“It’s massively important to me because we are helping our community, our supporters and it’s the smallest thing that we can do. Going to the shop and buying some food - hopefully we can be doing it more regularly.”
Ball was keen to highlight the support he received from his fellow team-mates and the role that everyone is continuing to play off the field as well as on it.
He explained: “Every individual player is doing their own stuff for the community, the FamZone event on December 18th (now suspended, of course) is something that the lads and their partners and wives have bought into, it just shows you the type of people we have at this club.
“Even though our focus is on the pitch, we are also helping to contribute to the club off it, we are trying to do as much as we possibly can, and we are still looking to do even more.
“Taking the donations to the foodbank may only help a few families but it will help a few families more than if we hadn’t done anything.”
If you would like to support Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, please click HERE.
As mentioned, we have donation points around Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on matchdays, where we would kindly ask you to donate any of the following:
- Long-life/UHT juice & milk
- Tinned meat – corned beef, chicken, mince, meat pies (no pork)
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fish
- Tinned fruit
- Sponge puddings
Please note that this visit took place prior to Rangers' COVID outbreak.
Hopefully it will go a really long way for the families that are struggling at this time of year..