By Georgina Littlejohn
Marcus Mumford and Olly Murs are to take part in a celebrity football match to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The Mumford & Sons frontman and the X Factor star will join a number of other musicians and singers for the special game, which will be held at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium on Saturday September 2, just a mile away from the North Kensington tower block.
Other stars including Tinie Tempah, Jarvis Cocker, James Bay, DJ Spoony, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno and Richard Ashcroft are among the musicians will be pulling on their studs and taking on a team of former football stars which will include Alan Shearer, Paul Merson, Peter Crouch and his firefighter friend Gregg Jules, who was directly involved in the relief effort.
Mumford is the driving-force behind a newly-launched free summer football programme for the young children of Grenfell, which is taking place at the Westway Sports Centre, after he spent a few weeks with survivors and their families.
The charity match was the brainchild of Columbia Records' Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, QPR’s Director of Football Les Ferdinand and chairman Tony Fernandes.
Tickets for #Game4Grenfell – which has been organised by the QPR in the Community Trust group, the club’s official charity – will be priced £15 for adults and £5 concessions.
All money raised from 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.