London fire donations: Over £2m raised by Evening Standard appeal for Grenfell Tower victims


An extraordinary £2.2 million has been raised in two days by the Evening Standard’s appeal for the Grenfell Tower victims.

The enormous generosity of Londoners has seen thousands of people donating to our Dispossessed Fund, with money continuing to pour in. 

The first payments are being made over the next 48 hours to community groups providing frontline help.

Cash awards will follow to residents who were uninsured to help them replace their possessions. The fund will also cover the cost of funerals for the deceased, if required. 

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Further help came as the British Red Cross today launched a UK-wide appeal, after a request from Kensington and Chelsea council, for the dozens of casualties and hundreds of residents left bereaved, traumatised and homeless by the fire, which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday. 

 

Money donated to the Dispossessed Fund is being allocated to voluntary organisations, churches and community centres providing frontline help in west London.

This is the quickest way to deliver immediate help to as many people as possible in the first instance. 

Beneficiaries include the ClementJames Centre and the Rugby Portobello Trust, each receiving £5,000 today. A further seven organisations will receive funds tomorrow. 

Payments will follow to residents affected by the fire to enable them to replace clothes and possessions. 

Families of the bereaved will also be offered financial help to cover the cost of funerals.

The London Community Fund, which administers the Dispossessed Fund for the Standard, is setting up an online application form for people to apply for immediate hardship funds. 

Further help will be provided as residents are rehoused.

This morning 24 people, including 12 in critical care, remained in hospital.  

The latest donations to our Dispossessed Fund included:

£1.4m from 23,500 donors via JustGiving and the Dispossessed Fund’s own site

£250,000 from NEX Group (formerly known as ICAP)

£250,000 from Sky

£100,000 from The Sun

Vodafone to match up to £100,000 in donations made via JustTextGiving.

£50,000 from Burberry.

Composer Hans Zimmer donated the proceeds of last night’s concert at Wembley Arena.

Donations to the Dispossessed Fund, which is administered by the London Community Foundation, have already been made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Pret A Manger and law firms Allen & Overy and Linklaters. 

Microsoft and Adobe are matching staff donations. Bucket appeals have also been set up in branches of Morrisons, Tesco and in National Rail stations.

London Community Foundation chief executive Russell Delew said it would do “everything in our power” to help bring the community back to where it was before the fire.

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An emotional woman touches the wall of tributes today (AP)

“The London Community Foundation would like to thank all those who have supported the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund in the aftermath of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower,” he said.

“London’s community spirit and generosity have shone through when local people need it most. 

“Our 20 year record of supporting London’s most disadvantaged groups and communities has ensured that we can react swiftly in these difficult circumstances.

“Whilst we provide immediate assistance, the London Community Foundation is also about the long term, and we will continue to support the people of Grenfell Tower.”

The Vodafone Foundation will match fund up to £100,000 of text donations made to the Dispossessed Fund. To donate you can text GREN88 £10 to 70070.

Helen Lamprell, corporate & external affairs director at Vodafone UK, said: “Our hearts go out to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

“Vodafone staff from local stores will continue to help people in the area stay in touch with their loved ones and support the community over the coming days.”

Zimmer, famed for his scores for The Lion King and Gladiator, was met with thundering applause and a standing ovation when he made the announcement to hand over the proceeds from last night’s concert at Wembley Arena to the fund.. 

Second vigil in Notting Hill for Grenfell Tower tragedy

Describing London as his “second home”, the German turned to his orchestra and said: “I haven’t discussed it with you lot yet, but I am sure you’ll be fully behind this. 

“I’ll donate the proceeds to the victims of the fire. My daughter Zoe was there helping out last night and she told me all these stories that made my heart heavy.”

The British Red Cross will draw on its experience of emergency fundraising after the 7/7 terror attacks on London in 2005 and the recent atrocities in Manchester and London Bridge.

Chief executive Mike Adamson said: “The people living in Grenfell Tower have suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost so much. 

“We have already seen the incredible outpouring of support from the local community, greater London and the whole country. 

“We are now launching this national appeal, together with Kensington and Chelsea council, to support those people who have lost everything, so they can receive financial help as soon as possible.

“As well as launching this appeal we are also keen to use our convening power to bring partners together to work out the best way to raise funds and distribute them.

“We thank the UK for their continued generous support and overwhelming show of humanity in this time of need.”

Nick Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, said: “The generosity of the British pubic has been truly overwhelming so we are very grateful indeed that the British Red Cross has stepped in to lend its muscle and expertise to the relief operation.”

You can give £5 or £10 by phone by texting GREN88 + amount to 70070 (eg GREN88 £5)

To donate online visit www.dispossessedfund.org.uk

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