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Grenfell Memorial Cup success

SATURDAY 21st May 2022 saw Loftus Road hosting the Grenfell Memorial Cup in what was a memorable occasion for our local community.

As we continue to remember the 72 victims and all those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower five years ago, the R’s were joined by more than 4,000 local people who enjoyed this wonderful event which ran throughout the day.

Beginning with a 72-second applause for those that were lost owing to the fire, the Memorial Cup had competitors of all ages competing on our famous west London pitch, as well as a games suite and a family fan zone – ensuring that the everyone was entertained.

Of course, the tragic fire also continues to touch the hearts of many local celebrities, with rapper AJ Tracey and comedian Mo Gilligan also in attendance in W12.

Speaking about the event, Paul Menacer a survivor and Co-organiser of the event explained: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy [Evans], Les [Ferdinand] and the wider QPR community team for their dedication and hard work on the ground to make Saturday possible.

“It was an absolutely amazing, vibrant event with capacity reaching over 4,000 people throughout the day. Thank you to all the people that willingly volunteered to make the day a massive success.

“We gave over 600 kids and adults of all ages the opportunity to play on a world-class pitch with world-class facilities which I feel will dramatically improve people's health and well-being.”

Paul added: “Thank you to the Grenfell Foundation for all the admin work they did to make the event an absolutely brilliant day for everyone. And finally thank you to everyone that came down to support the cause - everyone played their part.

“Days like this give the community a day out and we get to meet people that we might not see on a day-to-day basis, but the most important thing is that we all remember the reason why we came together. That’s because 72 people lost their lives on June 14th 2017 and we need justice for the 72 souls that passed away. The fight for justice goes on five years on and we still want people held responsible.

“Thank you, everyone and maybe see you again next year!”

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us.