Grenfell firefighters’ heartfelt thanks to Good Samaritans who offered free holidays in wake of atrocity


Firefighters who battled the Grenfell Tower fire have sent heartfelt messages of thanks to generous donors who offered them free holidays in the wake of the disaster.

Hundreds of staff from London Fire Brigade worked for days to extinguish the flames which ripped through the 24-storey tower block killing an estimated 80 people.

Following the disaster kind offers of free day trips and holidays for fire crews and survivors of the blaze flooded in.

Facebook group Grenfell Tower holidays appeal attracted support from almost 2,000 people while campaign Cornwall Hugs Grenfell saw 20 crew and families flock to the seaside in a bid to escape the horrors.

A further nine families will enjoy a break later in August.

One firefighter, who enjoyed a break on the south coast, said crew members were “grateful and touched” by the offers.

Grenfell Tower Firefighters – In pictures

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A firefighter pours water over his head after battling a huge fire at the Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington, London

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Firefighters spray water after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west Londo

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A firefighter investigates a floor after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Firefighters rest as they take a break in battling a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London

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A firefighter close at the scene after a fire engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Emergency services close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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The moment a resident is carried out of the Grenfell Tower block by fire bridgae and riot police carrying shield

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Emergency services close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Emergency services close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Emergency services gather close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Firefighters rest as they take a break in battling a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London

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Firefighters wait to start their shift after a massive fire raged in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in London

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Firefighters stand amid debris in a childrens playground near a tower block severly damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London

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Emergency services gather close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Firefighters react as a huge fire engulfs the Grenfell Tower

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Emergency personnel operate during the fire at the Grenfell Tower, a 27-storey apartment block in North Kensington, London

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A firefighter rests during the ballte against the blaze at Grenfell Tower

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Emergency services close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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A London Fire Brigade worker moves air tanks close to the scene of a fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Firefighters spray water after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Fire crews rest as they take part in the operation to put out a fire in a high rise apartment block in London

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A firemen reacts after battling a huge fire at the Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington, London

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Residents were trapped “screaming for their lives” as flames raged through a 27-storey tower block in Notting Hill

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Emergency services spray water towards a fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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He said: “I cannot express how grateful and touched the LFB fire fighters who attended the fire are to be given the generous offer of accommodation to allow us to take a break with our families at this stressful time.

“It is very much appreciated. Thank you for doing this.”

The wife of another firefighter who supported her husband through the trauma after the blaze said it was the “first time he had felt appreciated in his 17-year career”.

Inside Grenfell Tower

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Sniffer dogs were sent inside to the tower today

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Part of the scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London as firefighting continue to damp-down the deadly fire

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Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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She said: “This just shows there is still kindness and generosity in this world and my husband has actually felt appreciated for the first time in his 17-year career which has made him able to deal with what he saw much easily.”

The wife of another colleague added: “With all of the sounds and the smells, unless you experience it personally, you really cannot comprehend the terrible effect it has on everyone present. 

“In the aftermath, in the midst of all the devastation and grief and pain, CornwallHugsGrenfell has said to the people suffering ‘we see your pain and hurt, we will look after you’.

“It’s just amazing and we have been so touched.” 

Grenfell Tower families faced with vile abuse over holiday offer

Vile online trolls launched a tirade of abuse at victims after an offer of holidays for survivors of the tragedy were publicised.

But survivors have spoken out about the benefit of the scheme.

One mother, who asked not to be named, said: “(It’s so important that) we can go away and not be in the locality of Grenfell tower. A different setting might allow my daughter to not have any sleep terrors at night.”

Another said: “I would like the kids to have a holiday to help them forget what happened to us even for a short time before they go back to school.”



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