Final arrangements are being made for Brentford Football Club’s pre-season friendly against Southampton, where all profits from ticket sales will be donated to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
After agreement between the two clubs, it was announced last month that profits from the match – which will be held at Griffin Park on Saturday, 22 July – would be donated to a fund to help those affected by the fire. Grenfell Tower is around four miles from Griffin Park and the fire would have had an impact on people with connections to Brentford.
As well as the support from Southampton FC, others have offered help to ensure as much money as possible is raised on the afternoon. A special match programme has been produced and Curtis Sport, the Club’s Official Programme Supplier, will be donating £1 from every issue sold directly to the fund. Advanced Ticketing, who operate the Club’s ticketing website, have waived their fees from the first 500 online transactions for the match, enabling a greater profit to be donated to the fund.
The Club has invited residents from the tower and surrounding area to the match as well as members of the emergency services who helped. It is thought around 400 tickets will be taken by police officers, firefighters, ambulance crew and doctors; and their friends and family; for the match. Carlsberg and Fullers have agreed to donate to enable free drinks to be given to those guests invited by the Club. One group attending will be coming with former Brentford striker Jo Kuffour, who is a youth worker in the area. The Brentford Lifeline Society and MCH Coaches, who operate the coaches that take Bees supporters to away matches, are also supporting the residents’ visit by assisting with transport.
Bees 50/50 is also playing its part. The Club’s half-time draw will be raising funds for the cause with Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust donating the share it normally receives to the Grenfell Tower Fund. As well as the usual prizes, the Club has donated a special opportunity to be involved in the pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo. One winner can be part of the pre-match meal and be around the squad on matchday. Fans can enter at bees5050.com.
Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “The Grenfell Tower disaster is something that I, and probably most of us, thought could never happen. For it to happen to a community just a few miles from us, simply deepens the sense of sadness. Brentford is a Football Club deeply rooted in our community, and we want to show our support for all those affected.
“On Saturday, the football community will come together to help raise some much-needed funds and offer some respite to those families affected and for the wonderful staff of our emergency services, whom show much bravery, skill and humanity in these terrible circumstances. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Griffin Park on Saturday, and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend to help show our support and to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower residents and families.”