THROUGHOUT the Coronavirus pandemic, QPR in the Community Trust have continued to show unwavering support of the local community during this challenging period, with a host of initiatives providing the local area with some much-needed support during what has been a challenging time for everyone.
However, like many charitable organisations this continued support during such a tough time has come with its financial restrictions, with a number of activities and sessions which would usually provide the Trust with much needed financial resources being postponed.
Trust CEO Andy Evans told www.qpr.co.uk: “As a football cub that is rooted in our local community, it is important that we continue to play our part in supporting the most vulnerable members of our local community in what have been extremely difficult and challenging circumstances.
“Both club and Community Trust stuff must take credit for the level of service and support provided to those who have needed it most.”
As a result, we are keen to highlight some of the fantastic work the Trust have done throughout the last few months:
15th March 2020 - QPR Support City Harvest:
QPR’s matchday food for Saturday’s postponed fixture against Barnsley on the 14th March was donated to local charity The Upper Room with the help of City Harvest- who are involved with redistributing food to charitable organisations all over London.
31st March 2020 – Cook and Eat Project goes online:
QPR in the Community Trust’s successful Cook and Eat project was being delivered at local school the Phoenix Academy prior to lockdown, where thanks to funding from Fulcrum and West London Health Partnership a popular cook book was produced by their year nine and ten students. As a result of Lockdown, this book which provides families with recipes and ideas on how to eat healthy on a budget was made available online thanks to work from QPR.
2nd April 2020 - R you Okay Campaign launched:
QPR’s safeguarding officers are there for you during this tough time. Anyone who is suffering with anxiety, fears over health, employment and other life matters are able to contact our safeguarding officers, who have provided some fantastic support throughout this complicated period.
12th April 2020 - Trust continue to reach Extra Time Club
During this uncertain time, QPR’s Community Trust have been keen to reach out to members of our popular Extra Time Club – which usually offers physical and mental activity sessions to local residents over the age of 60. This session has obviously been postponed in recent months and, with certain members classed as ‘high risk’, some have been left housebound. However, Trust staff members continue to be in regular contact with them by organising weekly phone calls of support.
16th May 2020 - Dom Ball visits Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank
Rangers star Dom Ball took it upon himself to personally help local residents in need during the current pandemic. Demand at foodbanks up and down the country is at an all-time high and the midfielder recently visited Hammersmith & Fulham’s temporary foodbank in Olympia – not once but twice – with essential items families are in desperate need of at this tough time.
29th May 2020 - QPR & IPRO Donate Hydration drink to NHS staff
QPR teamed up with official partners iPro recently, with captain Grant Hall in attendance to donate over 1,200 bottles of iPro’s wellness drinks to staff at Hammersmith Hospital.
14th June 2020 - QPR remember Grenfell
In recent months, technology has had a big part to play in helping us all adapt to life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Sunday, instead of partaking in Grenfell United’s silent march, the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium was lit up in green to support and remember all those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on the third anniversary of the disaster.
To help raise some vital money, we have begun two fund raising initiatives, which will help cover the day to day running of the Trust.
- First of all, as Rangers returned to first team action on Saturday, the shirts which Mark Warburton’s side wore are being auctioned in aid of QPR in the Community Trust.
- For the auction please click here
- In addition to this, we have also opened up a Just Giving page which will welcome any donations from R’s fans who would like to support the Trust and the work that we do.
- For the Just Giving Page please click here
" We will continue to play our part in supporting the most vulnerable members of our local community."