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Fans donate half a tonne of food to H&F Foodbank

HALF a tonne of tinned and dried food was collected at Loftus Road on Saturday, as QPR fans showed their support for Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.

A team of 25 foodbank volunteers braved the rain before the R’s match with Aston Villa to collect more than 500 kilos of non-perishable food – equivalent to 1,000 meals for people in need – as well as hundreds of pounds of cash donations.

QPR defender James Perch - who is currently working his way back to full-fitness following a knee injury - stopped by one of the collection points in the family fan zone before the match to deliver a donation of food on behalf of the club.

Concillor Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, joined the volunteers for a presentation on the pitch at half-time with Director of Football Les Ferdinand, Club Ambassador Andy Sinton and QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans.

Daphine Aikens, Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, said: “We would like to thank everyone at QPR – staff, players, and fans – for their support and amazing generosity as we approach our busiest time of the year.

"We continue to be troubled by the large increase in numbers of men, women and children being referred to us who are experiencing hunger and struggling with complex issues. We have already provided more food parcels in the last eight months than in the whole of the previous twelve months.

"The local community plays a vital role in ensuring that we are able to continue to meet this growing demand, so we are very grateful for all donations.”

Andy Evans added: “We are very proud of the support our fans showed for the foodbank collection.

"This is a club with the community at its heart and we are always looking for ways to help the local community, particularly those most in need.

"We look forward to a long-term partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to help tackle some of the underlying issues that cause food poverty.”