Danny Simpson has been praised for his compassion and generosity by the father of talented young QPR footballer Kiyan Prince, who was fatally stabbed in 2006.
Mark Prince has thanked Simpson after he donated his match-boots and match-worn shirt from QPR’s game against Huddersfield on Saturday to be auctioned at a charity event in aid of the Kiyan Prince Foundation.
The 27-year-old’s shirt was signed by the entire squad and auctioned at the event organised by Southern Area super-bantamweight champion Mitchell Smith at Bushey Boxing Club on Sunday.
Prince, a former WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion in his own right, paid tribute to the former Newcastle defender for supporting the charity he set up to help tackle knife crime amongst young people.
“Danny is one of our patrons and he’s had his fair share of bad press so it’s nice that we can talk about some of the good things he is doing especially with charities,” Prince told skysports.com.
“The stuff Danny has done and continues to do has been great for the KPF and long may it continue.
“He’s set a precedent for other people who have done great in football and others who have done great in all walks of life to step up now and act.
“Now is the time to step up and reach out to these charities in the communities and help them reach out to young people because what they are doing is great.”
Prince also paid tribute to QPR for supporting his endeavours, revealing he has received encouragement for the work he is doing from manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Joey Barton.
“QPR have been great and it’s really nice to still have a close relationship with them,” the 44-year-old said.
“We’ve been down to some of the club’s games and we managed to touch base with Joey Barton recently who has expressed an interest in the work we are doing.
“I met Harry Redknapp even before he was with QPR. I met him when he was at Tottenham and he said he loved what we are doing and he’ll support us.
“We’re looking forward to working with QPR and other clubs long into the future hopefully but this isn’t so much a niche for certain clubs or certain people.
“It’s about the community. All the communities are suffering from the loss of young people and we have a duty of care towards them.”