In the early hours of June 14, 2017, Grenfell Tower caught fire in one of the worst civilian disasters in England in decades. The fire burned for almost 60 hours, leaving at least 80 dead, 70 injured, and more than 250 people without a home.
As with many tragedies, though, communities come together in stunning ways to help those whose lives have been affected by catastrophe. Queens Park Rangers’ Game4Grenfell is one of those ways.
How does Game4Grenfell benefit survivors?
Game4Grenfell was a charity football match held on September 2, 2017, at QPR’s 20,000-seat Loftus Road stadium, which is situated less than a mile from the remains of Grenfell Tower.
Instead of entirely professional teams, the two sides were made up of a mix of those used to wearing professional football kits like those seen on https://www.kitking.co.uk/football-kits/, and celebrities from the local area, including Mo Farah, Tinie Tempah, and Olly Murs.
Others included the star of the American television series Homeland, Damian Lewis, who grew up playing football close to Grenfell Tower.
Game4Grenfell first donated 2,000 tickets to those affected by the disaster, helping to bring a degree of light to a difficult time, and also donated the revenue generated to The Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund. The entire 20,000-seat stadium was sold out, and an additional £19,880 was generated through donations.
The Dispossessed Fund
The Dispossessed Fund is a charity focused on helping those affected by poverty and inequality across London.
Established in 2010, the Dispossessed Fund has generated more than £18 million in donations and has distributed almost £13 million, with a further £3.9 million invested to provide a stable source of funding to help support London community projects in many areas.
They are currently running an emergency appeal for those affected by the Grenfell fire, and other ongoing campaigns include Food for London, which has provided over £350,000 in grants to charities who work to fight food poverty, and The Estate We’re In, which has provided over £1 million in grants to help regenerate deprived housing estates.
While the Grenfell fire was a great tragedy, we can at least see that the community has come together to provide for those whose lives have been affected. Leading the charge, in this case, has been the Queen’s Park Rangers and their Game4Grenfell.