QPR have a great policy…
The details of ashes scatterings and memorial services at Loftus Road are:
We would be delighted to carry out your wish for the ashes of your loved one to be scattered at QPR. The procedure starts when you contact the club chaplain, Rev’d Cameron Collington (details below). He will arrange a time with the club for you, and up to 20 others, to come to Loftus Road for a special ceremony of remembrance. It may happen any weekday between 9.30am – 4.30pm, subject to the availability of the stadium.
When the day arrives, you bring about a coffee-jar’s worth of the ashes to Reception on South Africa Road where you will be welcomed by the chaplain. You will be taken to the players’ dressing room where you can look around and take photographs. You will be led down the tunnel and taken pitchside (walking on the pitch itself is not permitted).
The chaplain will lead you round to the goalposts at the Loftus Road end, where he will get you to lay the ashes on a small tray in the vicinity of the goal line, which he will have prepared. Over the next few minutes, he will encourage you and any others to recall together one or two stories and memories, perhaps linked to of your loved one’s keenness for QPR. This is followed by a couple of short prayers, ending with a moment’s quiet.
You then return to the tunnel, stopping for photographs in the dugout, then through to Reception where the chaplain will say goodbye. Once you have left, the chaplain will gather the open tray of ashes and look after them until the pitch is dug up and re-seeded at the end of the season – in late May. They are scattered carefully and respectfully, together with other ashes which have been looked after during the season.
Again, please note that we can only accept about a coffee-jar’s worth of the ashes.
There is no charge made by the club or chaplain for this service, and it’s also worth knowing that regrettably the club has no parking to offer.
The chaplain’s details are:
Rev’d Cameron Collington firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicar, St Simon’s Church
Well done QPR, there are precious few London clubs that have such a thoughtful and considered approach, so this is great to see.
Please note this was accurate at the time on publication (November 2014) but things do change so it is worth double checking first before you confirm your plans.
Look – here is something on French Telly! My Dad’s ashes at QPR