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Grenfell Tower charity football match to be shown live on Sky and Freeview

Thursday, August 17th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A charity football match to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire is to be shown live on Sky and Freeview.

The #Game4Grenfell takes place on Saturday 2 September and will feature former footballers, celebrities and special guests.

It is being hosted by Queens Park Rangers at the club’s Loftus Road stadium, the closest league ground to Grenfell Tower.

The game will be broadcast live on Sky 1 and Freeview channel Pick from 2pm, and will be preceded by a special show featuring players, pundits and those affected by the tragedy.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has confirmed he will take part alongside his childhood friend Gregg Jules, a firefighter who was directly involved in the relief effort.

He will be joined by former England players Les Ferdinand, David Seaman, Paul Merson, Trevor Sinclair and Alan Shearer, and celebrities including Olly Murs, Tinie Tempah, Jamie Dornan, Jarvis Cocker, Ben Shepherd, Ben Cohen and Damian Lewis.

Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara will report on the match.

QPR co-chairman Tony Fernandes has been working alongside the club’s director of football Les Ferdinand, who grew up on an estate near Grenfell Tower, and Columbia Records’ Ferdy Unger-Hamilton to put the event together.

It has been organised by QPR in the Community Trust with support from Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford and Sons, who lives near Grenfell Tower.

The #Game4Grenfell will take place at QPR's Loftus Road stadium

The singer has spent time with survivors and their families since the disaster and alongside QPR in the Community Trust has helped launch a free summer football programme at the Westway Sports Centre for the young children of Grenfell.

Philip Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, said: “Through the power of football, the aim for #Game4Grenfell is to raise funds for those affected by the tragic events of June.

“We hope our broadcast will let millions of people across the country stand together with the Grenfell community on 2 September.”

Tickets for the game are £15 for adults, £5 for concessions and are available at www.game4grenfell.com.

Money raised from ticket sales will go directly to the London Community Foundation for allocation to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, distributing funds to survivors and the wider community affected by the fire.

Viewers at home will also be encouraged to text in donations.

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