The Prince of Wales visits Queens Park Rangers to learn about the club’s support for the community affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has met with survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire as the sixth anniversary of the devastating blaze approaches. The fire, which occurred on 14 June 2017, claimed the lives of 72 individuals.
Ahead of the anniversary, Prince William visited Queens Park Rangers (QPR), a football club located near Grenfell Tower, to understand the support the Championship club has provided to the community in the aftermath of the tragedy. QPR’s stadium, Loftus Road, is less than a mile away from the site of the fire.
QPR has been actively involved in assisting the victims of the fire through its charitable initiative, the QPR in the Community Trust. The trust aims to make a positive impact on individuals and communities. One notable initiative is the Grenfell Memorial Cup, which organizes a day of football for survivors, bereaved families, and the wider community.
As the president of the Football Association, Prince William met with Les Ferdinand, the head of the QPR in the Community Trust and former England striker. During his visit, the prince also engaged with community workers and youth workers funded by the trust, who have been providing mentorship, mental health support, and development expertise to those affected by the fire.
In recognition of his visit, Prince William was presented with a personalized QPR shirt featuring a green heart in the middle, symbolizing the unity of the community, and the number 72 to commemorate the lives lost in the tragic event.
Prince William had previously visited Grenfell Tower alongside the late Queen in the immediate aftermath of the fire and attended the fifth anniversary memorial service last year.
Seeking Justice and Support for the Grenfell Community
The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, eagerly awaited by survivors and families, is set to be published in 2024. The findings of the inquiry will be crucial in understanding the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and ensuring accountability.
Football and Community Solidarity
The involvement of Queens Park Rangers and Prince William’s visit highlights the power of football clubs and their initiatives in providing support and unity to communities in times of crisis. Sports can play a vital role in healing and rebuilding communities affected by tragedies.