Grenfell Tower survivor and QPR's Les Ferdinand lead tributes ahead of Loftus Road charity match

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A Grenfell Tower survivor joined Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes and director of football Les Ferdinand in paying his respects to those who lost their lives in the fire by laying wreaths at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Nick Burton, who survived the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed the lives of at least 80 people on June 14, walked out with Fernandes and Ferdinand ahead of the club’s charity match, Game 4 Grenfell, which was organised to raise funds for those affected by the inferno in north Kensington.

The trio laid wreaths in memory of those who died at Grenfell just a mile away from the Loftus Road Stadium before the 18,000 fans in attendance held a minute’s silence before the charity match.

Ferdinand was one of the two managers on the day, along with Alan Shearer, as a host of famous faces – including Jose Mourinho, Olly Murs, David James and Tinie Tempah – took to the field to contest a 90-minute match.

Four of the firefighters who tackled the blaze also took part in the game, with Adam Foster, Greg Jules, David Badillo and Dean Smith introduced as first-half substitutes.

(PA)

Funds raised from ticket sales and donations will be passed onto the London Community Foundation and then the Evening Standard Dispossesed Fund, which helps grassroots charities tackling poverty, inequality and exclusion across the capital.


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