Evening Standard fund for Grenfell Tower victims hits £4.5m after £500k boost from Lloyds Banking Group

The Evening Standard’s appeal for the Grenfell Tower victims today reached £4.5 million, boosted by £500,000 from Lloyds Banking Group. 

The total — up £1 million in 24 hours — includes online donations from about 35,000 Londoners and money from numerous corporate donors. 

In addition to the Lloyds Banking Group gift — the  largest yet received by the Dispossessed Fund — the Canary Wharf Group gave £25,000.

Its chairman Sir George Iacobescu said: “Everyone in London has been touched by this terrible tragedy and by the heart-breaking stories from those who lost loved ones, or their homes.


My whole team at Canary Wharf Group want to help and we have decided to donate £25,000 to the Evening Standard’s appeal towards the long-term needs of the families.” 

Morgan Stanley has also donated £50,000 and easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s charitable foundation has given the same.


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Harrods today announced a  £1 million donation to a separate appeal fund run by the British Red Cross, as it revealed that some of its staff were among the dead.

Harrods boss Michael Ward said it felt compelled to make a “major commitment” to both the bereaved and those who lost their homes in the tower, less than three miles from its Knightsbridge store.

He told the Standard: “We’ve got employees that we’ve lost as a consequence of this, and we believe strongly that if you have a degree of success you should contribute to that community where there is hardship.”

Mr Ward said the company was working with the relatives of victims from overseas to fly them to the UK and help with funeral arrangements.

He added: “We see a lot of people who have been left in a very difficult situation. They’ve gone through hell… we want to take an awful lot of people who suddenly have absolutely nothing and give them some hope.” At least 79 people are missing and presumed dead following the fire a week ago, although police have warned the death toll is expected to rise.

The Harrods money will be donated to the Red Cross’s London Fire Relief Fund, set up to support those left injured, bereaved or homeless by the tragedy. The Red Cross said it is “incredibly grateful to Harrods”.

Payments of £1,000 per flat began being made from the Dispossessed Fund on Monday.

The cash can be collected from two community  centres — The Rugby Portobello Trust and the Al-Manaar mosque, where payments will be distributed by the National Zakat Foundation. 

This is separate to payments of £5,500 per household from a  £5 million relief fund set up by the Government last week.

The money from the Dispossessed Fund, run by the London  Community Foundation for the Standard, has also resulted in  payments of £5,000 to 20 local  voluntary organisations and church groups involved in relief work in North Kensington.

Other corporate donors include the London Stock Exchange, Stagecoach and Segantii Capital Management.

Give £5 or £10 by texting GREN88 + amount to 70070 (eg GREN88 £5)

To donate online visit www.dispossessedfund.org.uk

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