In wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month, the EFL and its member clubs have come together to make a collective donation of £175,000 to show support to all those affected.
The football community has shown unity towards the cause and earlier today the FA announced their plans to raise £1.25 million for the victims by using the proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 6 August.
EFL Clubs have been asked to contribute their share of the proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield, with the EFL topping up the total amount to provide aid and support to those who have suffered through the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
The FA Community Shield raises hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, with funds provided through Clubs for distribution to community-based initiatives and charities up and down the country.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “First and foremost, loved ones have been lost and homes destroyed so our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected. Tributes must also be made to the emergency services who bravely risked their lives to save others.
“In donating funds from the 2017 FA Community Shield, the football family is coming together to make a significant commitment to the cause. Such compassion and commitment is testament to the good will within football and the values it maintains in supporting communities in their times of need.”
QPR’s Director of Football Les Ferdinand, who was brought up in the neighbourhood, is delighted to see the EFL club’s come together to show their support, commenting: “It’s fantastic to see the EFL clubs showing their support for all those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster.
“Everyone at QPR was shocked and saddened to see the tragic events unfold at Grenfell Tower, a mile away from Loftus Road, and for me it was personal, as the tower is right next to the estate where I grew up.
“Over the next few months and years we stand ready to help those people affected as they recover from the loss of their homes and their loved ones. This is what it means for us to be a community club, and we will do whatever we can to help.”