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Academy stars volunteer at Crisis for Christmas

ACADEMY staff including U18s Manager Paul Furlong and Director Alex Carroll and were joined by players Murphy Cooper, Trent Mahorn and James Fahmy, who all gave up an afternoon over Christmas to help those less fortunate.

Once they arrived at Crisis, everyone had jobs to do and participated in a range of activities including serving hot drinks and desserts, cleaning showers, drama workshops and relaxation therapy sessions.

Speaking on the experience, goalkeeper Murphy Cooper expressed his pride of being able to help out at such an event, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “I think it’s great that QPR did this and it’s something I would like to support and help in any way I can in the future. I know it is especially difficult around the festive period and therefore I know the boys and myself are always prepared and willing to help out.

“I feel very lucky and fortunate to be where I am and to be able to help out and support. It is very sad knowing that not everyone has a warm safe place to stay for the night. It makes me appreciate and be grateful for everything I have and understand how lucky I am.”

Academy Director Carroll was proud to see how far the lads were willing to go to help those in need, explaining to www.qpr.co.uk: “We were immensely proud of the boys for the way in which they conducted themselves. They were totally committed to their tasks and engaged in plenty of conversation with the guests, which you could see lifted their spirits. It was a truly humbling experience for all of us and a stark reminder of the challenges that so many people face in our local area. The level of support offered by Crisis is incredible and we look forward to supporting them again in the future.”