WITH the Sky Bet Championship returning this weekend, albeit behind closed doors, QPR will be acknowledging #QPRCommunityDay in a unique way.
The R’s fixture with Barnsley back in March was originally planned for the special day, which usually runs every year to celebrate the local area and some of the people who have made an excellent contribution to west London.
However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the yearly event was put on hold. But with football returning the R’s will be paying tribute to all the key workers who have helped the local community through this tough time in a unique way.
The R’s first-team shirts will be embroidered with the QPR Trust and NHS logo’s, ensuring that our gratitude towards the hard work, dedication and togetherness our local community have shown during this tough time is on display at all times throughout this weekend’s returning game.
As well as this, this weekend's ‘Hoops’ match-day programme will be highlighting some of the work the Trust have been doing throughout the pandemic to help the local area through what has been a difficult time for everyone.
Trust CEO Andy Evans was pleased to confirm that this year’s Community Day was still going ahead, by telling www.qpr.co.uk: “Even though this season’s celebrations were delayed, we are delighted that we are still able to finally recognise the important role a football club can play in society.
“In March, we would’ve celebrated our usual work, however Community Day this year must be about recognising the contribution of those in the community that have helped us all through the pandemic.
“A host of people in the local community have had to work incredibly hard as we continue to battle against COVID-19 and Community Day this year is our chance to show our gratitude to all those key workers who have helped us see a light at the end of what has been a very long and dark tunnel.
“What we have learned since March is that the community is every bit as important as the individual, we all need one another, those who look after us are precious, who will never be taken for granted again, everyone does and must matter."