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An army of sixty Rangers supporters embarked on the 14.5 mile walk from Loftus Road to The Boleyn Ground, all in aid of QPR Tiger Cubs – the R’s very own Down’s syndrome football team.
The Tiger Cubs – who celebrated their sixth birthday last month – played their part, joining at the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the final 3.5 miles from the Olympic Park. On arrival, the group were greeted by chairman Tony Fernandes, CEO Philip Beard and R's legend Les Ferdinand.
The walk – the sixth of its kind following previous walks to Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Charlton Athletic – has to date raised in excess of £13,000.
"Sunday was another huge success where we had a wonderful group of people - staff and fans - walking to the East End," Andy Evans, QPR in the Community Trust CEO, told www.qpr.co.uk. "Luckily we enjoyed the last day of summer as we walked 14.5 miles in glorious sunshine across London.
"The Tiger Feet walk has become an established part of not just the Trust calendar but the club's as a whole, whereby on arrival at West Ham we were met by Tony Fernandes, Philip Beard and Les Ferdinand.
"What underpins the walk is a community-based passion for the club which has translated into us raising important funds to provide a platform for young people with Down's syndrome to develop their skills and fulfil their potential.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to the fans of QPR who walk the Tiger Feet miles and those that sponsor and donate to support the cause."
Run in partnership with the Downs Syndrome Association, the Tiger Cubs project provides children and young people with Down’s syndrome the same opportunities as their able-bodied peers.
Fiona Hodgson, Business Development Manager, added: “It was great to see some new faces as well as previous dedicated Tiger Feet walkers and, of course, the Tiger Cubs.
“The sun shone and we had a great day. We are extremely grateful to all the walkers and everyone who sponsored Tiger Feet 6.
“The money raised will be put to good use in developing the project and providing the children with more incredible opportunities. We are so proud of what the Tiger Cubs have achieved this year.”
Since Tiger Feet’s inception in 2010, the walks have raised in excess of £50,000.
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