Grenfell Tower fire: Evening Standard’s fund for victims of blaze passes £5m

Money donated to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire today soared past the £5 million mark. 

This huge sum — achieved in just three weeks — is testimony to the extraordinary generosity of more than 40,000 Evening Standard readers as well as dozens of corporations. 

The latest major donations take the total to £5.23 million and include £115,000 from the Livery Companies of the City of London, £100,000 from property developer Lodha Group, £30,000 from XL Catlin, £25,000 from each of Fidelity International and Buti Foundation, a substantial undisclosed donation from Bloomberg and £10,000 from each of Aldgate Developments and Eversheds Sutherland.

Our fund, the first to be established within hours of the fire, was also one of the first to make emergency payments to families, and today we can reveal that our initial disbursements of £1,000 have reached almost every family that survived. 


So far £121,000 has been given out by our fund partners, The London Community Foundation, to Rugby Portobello Trust and the National Zakat Foundation, the two frontline community organisations chosen as conduits to reach the victims. 

Iqbal Nasim and Mark Simms, chief executives respectively of NZF and RPT, said jointly: “We believe that between our groups we have reached all the surviving families.

“However, if anyone knows of any family who lived in Grenfell Tower and has not received a grant, please be in touch.

“We are proud to have worked with the Evening Standard and the residents of Grenfell have told us it has made a real difference to know that people care.”

Grenfell Tower death toll of about 80 came mainly from 23 flats

It comes on top of a landmark multi-million-pound package collectively funded by the Dispossessed Fund, the Red Cross and the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and announced earlier this week by the Charity Commission in which:

The next of kin of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell blaze are to receive an initial £20,000 for each family member lost.

Grenfell Tower donations and tributes – In pictures

Those seriously injured in the fire will receive an initial £10,000.

Those made homeless will receive a “fresh start” grant of £10,000 per family when permanently re-housed. 

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard and patron of the Dispossessed Fund, said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of so many individuals and businesses across London.

“It is a tribute to the confidence that people have in the Dispossessed Fund, a confidence built up over the last seven years.”

Major donors include

Lloyds Banking Group
NEX Group
City of London Livery Companies
Pret a Manger
Lodha Group
The Sun
Westfield UK
Gilead Sciences
Morgan Stanley
Stelios Philanthropic Foundation
XL Catlin
Buti Foundation
Canary Wharf Group
Fidelity International
Hiscox UK
London Stock Exchange
Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue
Battersea Power Dev Corp
Segantii Capital Management Ltd
Aldgate Developments
Allen & Overy
Brit Group Insurance
Eversheds Sutherland
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Stagecoach Group
Lloyd’s of London

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