16 June 2017
Following a major fire at a west London tower block, a team of British Red Cross volunteers is supporting residents at a nearby rest centre.
Volunteers are helping to distribute clothing, food and water donated by members of the public to people affected by the blaze at Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.
Jon Pewtner, Red Cross senior emergency response officer, said: “Nine volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing practical and emotional support, including breakfast items, at a rest centre for residents affected by the terrible fire this morning.
“More are on standby to provide further support to emergency services throughout the day.
“The atmosphere here is tense – people are worried about loved ones and many are coming to the realisation that they have lost their homes.
“The community is rallying round, with residents collecting food, drink and clothes, and everyone is asking each other if they can help, or if they need food. There is a good, strong community spirit.”
- Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233 or 020 7158 0197.