AECC University College graduate supports celebrities and survivors at #Game4Grenfell

AECC University College graduate supports celebrities and survivors at #Game4Grenfell

It can be easy for charity football matches to lose an element of meaning once the action begins, but earlier this month, on Saturday 2nd September, Queens Park Rangers FC held a star-studded event to raise funds and create an atmosphere of hope in response to the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on the morning of June 14th.

It can be easy for charity football matches to lose an element of meaning once the action begins, but on Saturday 2nd September, Queens Park Rangers FC held a star-studded event to raise funds and create an atmosphere of hope in response to the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on the morning of June 14th. Celebrities including actors Jamie Dornan and Damian Lewis, Musicians Olly Murs and Wretch 32 and athletes Mo Farah and Ben Cohen played alongside first on scene firefighters and residents of the tower. The game which saw two teams managed by Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer battle it out at the stadium, just a mile from the tower block in North Kensington, reached a climactic finish with Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho between the posts for a penalty shoot-out!

(BCA and RCC member / BCA Council member / AECC Graduate) Catherine Quinn was on hand to provide care to the players and was deeply humbled by the day.

“The stadium was packed and the QPR community and staff really rallied round to ensure that the survivors and all those affected by the events at Grenfell came together and were able to remember those no longer with us. Whilst it was a lot of fun to meet and work with some amazingly talented actors, musicians and sports stars, the real honour was the time I was able to spend speaking to and treating fire fighters such as David Badillo and survivors from the tower. The strength of character I saw in these people was so inspiring and I was genuinely touched by their stories. Badillo had worked a night shift before coming to play and was going back in for another that evening!

Whilst there was a huge variety in the level of physical conditioning of each player… we managed to get the majority through unscathed by ensuring a good pre-match preparation of hands on care and a comprehensive warm up, whilst we encouraged good recovery, the amount of beer flowing at the after party suggests there may have been some heavy DOMS on Sunday! Of course, the one injury that will need some ongoing care had to come from our very own Les Ferdinand… so that will be a few late finishes for the next few weeks!”

If you would like to donate to the #Game4Grenfell Fund then simply text Grenfell to 70007 to donate £3

 

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