ANDY Sinton and staff from QPR in the Community Trust recently took the time to deliver Christmas hampers to members of the club’s Extra Time Group.
The hampers – which were kindly donated by Tesco – each contained sweet treats, biscuits, cake and a bottle of sparkling fruit juice.
Sinton handed over hampers at the Extra Timers’ weekly ‘walk club’ in Stonebridge Park before also delivering some to the front doors of less-mobile group members.
“QPR does some fantastic work in its local community and long may that continue,” Sinton told www.qpr.co.uk. “Today was just a little gesture and we have to thank Tesco for their generous donation, because it means a lot.
“With the year we have had, it’s times like these, and especially in December, where people really pull together for the benefit of others who maybe aren’t as fortunate as you are. As always, the extra timers were in great spirits and it was a humbling experience to help brighten their Christmases.”
Sinton was joined at the event by Justin Stone, Sinead Friel, Harrison Hollis and James Casling from QPR in the Community Trust and he was quick to pay homage to the staff who run programmes like the Extra Time club on a regular basis.
He said: “We have a fantastic group of people at this football club – that’s from the top right the way through. We reach out to thousands of people of all ages and it is so great to see the positive impact that it can have on our local community.
“QPR has always been a community club. We try to go that bit further and, during the lockdown, we have done some fantastic work in our local area in reaching out to vulnerable people, and hopefully weekly events like this can help to make a difference.”
Tesco donated a fantastic 100 hampers in total and Adrian Connell, the supermarket’s London Store Director, said: “After the events of 2020, Christmas means more to people than ever. It can be a very tough time for elderly people who live on their own, so this year it is even more important to show support with something as simple as a food parcel.
“The pandemic has demonstrated how people pull together through adversity, and it’s this solidarity that keeps us all going. We’re glad to help QPR reach out to life-long fans of the club and the Extra Time group so they can feel supported and cared for during uncertain times.”
The extra timers were in great spirits and it was a humbling experience to help brighten their Christmases.