Kind-hearted strangers raise more than £1 million for victims of Grenfell Tower blaze
Kind-hearted strangers have raised more than £1 million for people affected by the devastating fire that tore through Grenfell Tower.
Police have confirmed that 17 people died after the inferno tore through the West London block, and thousands of residents have been left homeless.
But now, more than £1 million has been raised after companies, individuals and charities sprang into action to help those in dire need of water, clothes, food and shelter.
Three separate appeals have raised a seven-figure sum in just one 24 hours – with two JustGiving appeals raising £286,437 and £431,910 respectively.
An appeal launched by the London Evening Standard on dispossessedfund.org.uk has also raised over£282,939.
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Posting on the pages, one supporter wrote: ‘A terrible tragedy. My heart cries for all those lives lost.’
Community support has also been provided locally too – with local sports centres and churches caring for people over night.
Local football clubs Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and Fulham have also rushed to support those left homeless by the blaze too.
Offers of accommodation have also been made by YouTuber Jim Chapman and Spotify editor Austin Darbo.
I'm going to book a few hotel rooms near #GrenfellTower. Get in touch if you have nowhere to stay and I'll try to get a roof over your head
— Jim Chapman (@JimChapman) June 14, 2017
I've booked 4 hotel rooms close to #GrenfellTower – please DM me if you know anyone who needs somewhere to stay tonight.
— Austin (@AustinDarbo) June 14, 2017
Yesterday, harrowing footage of the blaze showed huge flames and smoke billowing from the windows as firefighters attempted to control it.
A cause for the blaze is yet to be established, but one resident claimed that it had been sparked by his exploding fridge.