QPR’s hugely successful #WalkFromHome campaign means the club’s popular Down’s Syndrome Tiger Cubs will be able to continue their sessions once the necessary COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the annual Tiger Feet walk was cancelled.
Leaving a huge financial hole in the Tiger Cubs’ funding, the #WalkFromHome campaign was launched to enable fans to effectively sponsor their own form of daily exercise by making a donation to the Tiger Feet 11 fundraising page.
Incredibly, the response from the club’s fans, owners, management, staff, first team and academy players meant Tiger Feet 11 raised more than £15,500 (including Gift Aid) – making it one of the most successful ever fund raisers for the Tiger Cubs!
The money raised will go directly to the Tiger Cubs, covering the cost of venue hire for training, staffing, equipment and any future tournament costs.
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR Trust, said: “The potential impact of the Cubs missing out on this funding was huge.
“But the reaction of everyone right across all areas of the club has been incredible. To raise the amount we have when we weren’t able to put on an ‘official’ event as such is an amazing achievement and I would like to thank everyone who donated.
“What gave me most satisfaction from this campaign is seeing how many former players got involved – it says a lot about those individuals and it also says a lot about the impact QPR had on them during their time with us.
"The establishment of the Forever R's Club has created a firm link with our ex-players, and this initiative has really highlighted that fact.
“It can be too easy to claim we are a family club – but situations like this demonstrate that we truly are.”
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