Football fans have given generously to Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank ahead of a championship tie between QPR and Aston Villa.
They donated huge amounts of tinned food and money to the charity to help tackle food poverty in the White City area.
The total collected will not be known until later this week, but the H&F Foodbank founder and chief executive said it was a “huge success”.
The club had been encouraging fans to bring non-perishable goods for the vital service ahead of the game.
H&F Foodbank founder Daphine Aikens said: “It was a really positive day. Our volunteers were fantastic and the fans were really great too.”
She praised Villa fans as well, who generously gave cash to the appeal outside Loftus Road on Saturday (November 18).
The food and money will go to The Hub @ 75 in Bloemfontein Road to support the ongoing work of the foodbank.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan praised the “community spirit.”
He said: “The support of QPR and their players for this great cause shows the amazing community spirit we have in this borough.
“The disastrous rollout of Universal Credit has now doubled the number of people needing help from the Foodbank. It’s sad to see they are still necessary in a country that has the fifth biggest economy in the world.
“But with the help of the extraordinary volunteers we are continuing our mission to tackle food poverty in H&F.”
QPR midfielder Wheeler said before the match: “The foodbank is a great cause.
“It is essential that we put something back into the community and assist those people in desperate need of help.
“It is sad to see people struggling to have enough food to eat in this day and age. So we are working together with our neighbours to have a huge collection on Saturday at Loftus Road.”
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