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In case you missed it: Stars gather for Game4Grenfell

ELATED: Sir Mo Farah’s teammates celebrate his goal with his trademark ‘Mobot’

A HOST of celebrities including musicians, sports stars and actors took part in a charity football match at QPR’s Loftus Road ground last week to raise funds for victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Stars such as Homeland actor Damian Lewis, comedian Jack Whitehall and singers Marcus Mumford and Olly Murs joined professional footballers past and present including David Seaman, Peter Crouch, David James, Trevor Sinclair and Jamie Redknapp, as well as Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah for the special match.

The two teams were headed by former England captain Alan Shearer and former QPR and England striker Les Ferdinand.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho joined Team Shearer as goalkeeper midway through the second half.

The Loftus Road stadium fell silent before the game kicked off in memory of those who lost their lives in the devastating blaze on June 14.

#Game4Grenfell was the brainchild of Ferdinand, who grew up on the Lancaster West Estate beside the 24-storey tower.

Just two minutes into the game, Sir Mo scored the first goal for Team Ferdinand, as the athlete celebrated by performing his trademark ‘Mobot’ along with his teammates. The match finished 2-2 after 90 minutes and then went to penalties. Team Ferdinand eventually won the contest 5-3, with Murs scoring the winning penalty past Mourinho. Loftus Road is just one mile away from Grenfell Tower, and money raised from the charity game is going to the Evening Standard’s fund for those hit by the tragedy. More than 14,000 tickets were sold, with a further 3,000 given to survivors, residents, volunteers and the emergency services.

For one family in particular, the football match was a much-needed opportunity to escape the heartache they have experienced since the Grenfell fire. Last week, Karim Mussilhy and his family received confirmation that their Uncle Hesham Rahman, 57, had been formally identified as someone who died in the disaster. Paying tribute to his uncle, Mussilhy said:

“Hesham was very loving, kind and generous. He loved children and was a huge part of our family. We know that on the night of the fire...he was calm, trying to make people less scared and frightened, keeping the peace. That says a lot about who he was.”

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