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The Grenfell Tower fire and local relief efforts - statement from QPCC

19 June 2017 - 3:45pm

QUEEN’S PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The Grenfell Tower fire and local relief efforts

Statement from Queen’s Park Community Council

16 June 2017

 

Many people in Queen’s Park have close connections with family, neighbours, friends and colleagues in north Kensington. All are devastated by the appalling and preventable loss of life due to the fire at the Grenfell Tower, near Latimer Road, which began on the morning of Wednesday 14 June.

The Community Council collaborated with A2Dominion in organising a collection of clothes, food and other items at the Beethoven Centre in Queen’s Park. Councillors and other residents have also been involved in coordinating relief efforts via voluntary groups and churches. At the moment the collection at Beethoven has been paused, but donations of money can be made via the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund. Queen’s Park Community Council vice-chair Eartha Pond has set up a Grenfell Tower Fire Fund where you can also donate. 

Eartha, who has lived close to Grenfell all her life, says:

“When postcodes are sometimes used to separate inner city communities, it’s essential we come together all across the UK to show cohesion and solidarity. As a local councillor for Queen’s Park Community Council it is imperative that we support our neighbours in a time of need. Within our community every resident will know someone impacted physically or psychologically by this disaster.”

Queen’s Park Community Council has offered support to affected people via Kensington’s recently elected MP Emma Dent Coad.

An emergency contact number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones - 0800 0961 233.

Kensington and Chelsea council has asked anyone who would like to help with the support effort to register their interest by emailing Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk including your name, contact number and availability, and also any specialist skills.

Kensington Leisure Centre remains closed to the public as it is being used as a rest stop and staging area to support the emergency services and the local community.

To contact Queen’s Park Community Council please email our Community Development Officer Lindsey Brown, lindsey@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk.