Celebrities helping out are just a small indicator of how united London stands in the face of tragedy
After the heartbreaking tragedy that was the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday, the London community is continuing to band together to show support through volunteering their aid and donating bedding, food, clothes and toiletries to St Clement church where residents have taken refuge. And, among those in the mix have included Adele, Lily Allen and Jamie Oliver who are all offering help to any one affected.
With the tower block believed to house between 400-600 people, 12 people have already been reported dead with many more residents missing and survivors left homeless without any belongings.
The fire broke out shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning with many of the residents already asleep and in the absence of loud enough alarms to wake them up, it’s been reported how nearby Muslim residents, awake because of Ramadan, were the first to react and help get people out.
Now, following the aftermath of the fire, which is still smouldering, Adele alongside her husband Simon Konecki, who own a house in the Kensington and Chelsea borough, were spotted in the vicinity hugging locals and giving general support.
And she wasn’t the only celebrity to offer up help, with singer Lily Allen tweeting to anyone who needs shelter…
Jamie Oliver has also opened up his west London restaurant, offering up free meals or drinks to anyone affected by the tragedy.
Rita Ora has also showed her support, posting this on her Instagram and saying she wants to do anything she can to help:
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Among the high profile figures who are helping out, organisations and businesses across the country have been doing their bit, offering help and support to those affected.
Airbnb is one of the organisations leading the support, activating its Disaster Response Tool for British Red Cross relief workers, following the tragic fire.
After the British Red Cross identified an urgent accommodation need for volunteers who are supporting the Grenfell Tower relief efforts, Airbnb put out a call for London hosts who are willing to open their homes to Red Cross staff and volunteers for free.
‘Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy,’ announced Airbnb General Manager James McClure in a public statement. ‘We are working with the British Red Cross so staff and volunteers can access free accommodation while providing vital support here in London. The Airbnb community has a long history of pulling together to provide free accommodation when tragedies occur, and we’re grateful to be able to offer some support in this heartbreaking situation.’
Our thoughts are with all those affected.