Friday, 10 June 2011

UPDATE: I really love your tiger feet

In April I blogged about the great fundraising event that was the Tiger Feet walk raising money for QPR Tiger Cubs, a QPR in the Community initiative which provides weekly sports training for youngsters with Down's syndrome.

Now that their blisters have (hopefully) healed and QPR fans' promotion celebrations have died down I thought it would be nice if organiser and life-long QPR (and Shepherd's Bush) fan, James gave us a report of how it all went. Over to James...

"We set off soon after 8am and lucked out with the weather for the second year running. We went north past Wormwood Scrubs over the Mitre Bridge, through Harlesden and Stonebridge Park before taking a photo stop at Wembley Stadium. After this we headed for Harrow, cutting through Northwick Park. From here we made for Harrow Weald before going off road through the wooded Old Redding and Merry Hill. After emerging from here we took a breather on Watford Heath before making our final approach to the stadium. The walk took somewhat longer than planned (around six and half hours) probably because of the mixed abilities of the participants so we had to forego our lap of honour on arrival.

We were also joined by a film crew from the BBC's Late Kick Off show who captured us in action along various parts of the route, culminating in an interview with former QPR player Marc Bircham on our arrival at Vicarage Road.

Like last year, QPR won 2-0 (beat Crystal Palace by the same scoreline after Tiger Feet 1) so hopefully we've started a trend!

We'll be looking to repeat the event next year so will be scanning the new fixtures intently when they come out in June.

Everyone who took part seemed to enjoy themselves so I would thoroughly recommend people to have a go next year; we're a friendly bunch. Myself and the two other planners of the event (Chris and Ian - also named official QPR Supporter of the Year the day after) were lucky enough to each receive an event t-shirt signed by Neil Warnock and the Championship winning squad just prior to the Leeds game to thank us for our efforts."

There is an official QPR write up of the walk here and James informs me that the approximate combined total of online and offline fundraising is over £8,000, which is remarkable. They are still accepting donations here if you wanted to show your support.

James is working on some other exciting events including Non League Day (that I will pester him for more information on soon) so I am grateful for him sending over his update and photos.

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