Game4Grenfell charity match wins award

A football match which raised more than £400,000 for Grenfell Tower survivors has won a community project of the year award.

A host of footballers and celebrities took part in the game held at Loftus Road. The likes of Peter Crouch, Jose Mourinho and Damian Lewis all appeared in the match last September.

The event was hosted by Queens Park Rangers, as their ground is just one mile from the block of flats.

Roughly 2000 tickets were given away to those impacted by the fire, allowing residents, relatives of victims, volunteers and those who work in the emergency services to attend.

The money raised from tickets went to the Evening Standard's fund for those affected by the tragedy which killed 71 in June.

The event won best community project run by a London club in 2017 at the London Football Awards on Thursday evening.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took part in the match. Credit: PA

QPR's director of football, Les Ferdinand, said: "After the game I remember speaking to some of the survivors and they were saying 'since the tragedy, this is the best day we've had'.

"A lot of people had felt on their own and thought no-one cared. But they saw a packed stadium and everything that took place was done for them and no other reason."

QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans said: "Game4Grenfell was an undoubted success and there are so many people to thank for making it possible, but it's not about plaudits, it's about our local community."

He added: "Hopefully by QPR winning this award, it will bring Grenfell back into the spotlight, because there is still a lot of work that needs to be done."