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QPR defender Darnell Furlong and Under 23s player Charlie Fox visited Hammersmith Hospital last week ahead of a collection at Saturday’s game against Preston to raise money for the hospital's Blood Fund.

The haematology department at Hammersmith Hospital is world-renowned for its research and exceptional care for patients with a wide variety of blood disorders, including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell disease and haemophilia.

Furlong and Fox were joined by lifelong QPR fan David Cox, whose father Bill sadly lost his battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) last summer.

Bill was vice-chairman of the LSA and had been involved with the fan group since its foundation in 1987.

The players were shown around the haematology department where Bill was treated and met nurses, doctors and consultants working on the Dacie Ward, including many of those who cared for Bill.

The Blood Fund is Imperial Health Charity’s fundraising campaign for the department.

Money raised at this weekend’s game will ensure the team can continue to provide exceptional care to its patients in three key areas: clinical research, patient care and support for the scientists of the future.