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. 

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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
£500,000
NEX Group
£250,000
Sky
£250,000
City of London Livery Companies
£115,000
Pret a Manger
£105,000
HSBC
£100,000
Lodha Group
£100,000
Lycamobile
£100,000
The Sun
£100,000
Westfield UK
£80,000
Burberry
£50,000
Gilead Sciences
£50,000
Morgan Stanley
£50,000
Stelios Philanthropic Foundation
£50,000
Citi
£37,000
XL Catlin
£30,000
Buti Foundation
£25,000
Canary Wharf Group
£25,000
Fidelity International
£25,000
Hiscox UK
£25,000
London Stock Exchange
£25,000
Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue
£25,000
UBS
£25,000
Battersea Power Dev Corp
£20,000
Segantii Capital Management Ltd
£18,000
Aldgate Developments
£10,000
Allen & Overy
£10,000
Brit Group Insurance
£10,000
CAF
£10,000
Eversheds Sutherland
£10,000
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
£10,000
Poundland
£10,000
Stagecoach Group
£10,000
Bloomberg
Undisclosed
Lloyd’s of London
Undisclosed

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