Families that had their homes damaged and destroyed in last month's Shepherd’s Bush tower block fire will be guests of honour at QPR’s home game on Saturday (September 10).
The Championship club has invited 20 residents affected by the blaze at Shepherds Court on August 19 to attend their league game against Blackburn at Loftus Road.
The fire left many apartments in the 18-storey tower block, part of the Charecroft Estate, badly damaged. Many families have had to move out and are still living in temporary accommodation as a result.
The generous gesture has been possible thanks to the QPR in the Community Trust.
Chief executive Andy Evans said: “The Shepherds Court residents affected by the fire have had a terrible time, with some of them still not able to return to their homes, so we wanted to show our support for them.
“Nothing is a substitute for going back home but, in the meantime, as a club with the local community at its heart we are delighted to have them to Loftus Road.
“We hope we can cheer everyone up with a good performance and three points on Saturday, and look forward to welcoming our guests.”
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has helped the club make the visit possible. Cllr Sue Fennimore, lead member for Social Inclusion, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic gesture from QPR and we are very grateful.
“We are delighted to work together with the R’s on this and I hope it gives those residents affected by the fire something to enjoy following what has been an incredibly upsetting, turbulent and difficult time.”
Fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a faulty Indesit tumble dryer which had been listed for repair by the manufacturers.
Indesit’s parent company Whirlpool currently advise owners of tumble dryers subject to product recall to continue using them while awaiting modification as long as they are not left unattended.
But London Fire Brigade say this is not safe and are urging anyone with faulty appliance to stop cease from using it.
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter has written to Indesit and called for a debate on the matter.