GRENFELL TOWER LONDON DONATIONS REACH RECORD HIGHS. JUSTGIVING TO TAKE £115,000 FEE
London’s fire chief said Thursday that authorities don’t expect to find anyone else alive after the high-rise blaze in Britain’s capital early Wednesday and that they “genuinely don’t know” how many people died in the incident.
The death toll currently stands at 17, although that is expected to increase as emergency workers sift through more of the wreckage at the residential building in west London’s North Kensington district. The fire also injured dozens of people, 18 of them critically.
The cause of the blaze is not known and under investigation, but a tenants’ group had complained for years about the risk of a fire.
Investigators are still searching for victims and the families of those unaccounted for have been appealing on social media for information. Witnesses described harrowing scenes as the building became an inferno with people, including children, jumping out of windows to escape the heat. Entire families may be missing.
The Grenfell Tower has 20 floors of apartments and 4 floors of mixed-used residential and office space. How many people were in the building during the fire has not been established. Up to 600 people lived in the building’s 120 apartments.
Around 200 firefighters respondent to the massive fire and Cotton said that some were traumatized. “We like to think of ourselves as ‘roughty, toughty’ and heroes —they are heroes — but they have feelings, and people were absolutely devastated.”
Britain’s monarch prince william queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also spoke about the firefighters on Thursday. “Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others,” the queen said. Theresa May says the community around the Grenfell Tower are right to demand answers. inquiry
She said she overwhelmed by the bravery of the firefighters when she visited the scene today. SURVIVORS of the tower block inferno stumbled over bodies as they desperately fought their way through black smoke to escape down the stairwell. plastic mainstream truth
Dozens of residents at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, are feared dead — weeks after a £10million refurbishment of the block that developers said was safe. Local residents warned of the potential fire risk in London’s Grenfell Tower apartment block nearly 18 months before the complex was engulfed in a giant blaze, saying they feared people could be trapped inside if a fire broke out.
Key points: The Grenfell Action Group said it was worried people would be trapped if fire broke out in the tower block It’s still not clear how many people were unable to get out as the fire took hold flat london UK charity donate donation “tax relief” “gift aid” help crowdfunding England “London England” “west london” “london flat” “london home” “london apartment” “rent london” fire “fire fighter” family emergency “united kingdom” “health and safety” people window “home fire” “home insurance” 2017 experience community friends donate donation missing construction insulation work “construction work” building contract winter summer “summer 2017” “home insulation” boiler “fire exit” electric exit tower british The block was undergoing refurbishment which could have blocked exits
Former chairman of the building’s residents’ association David Collins told the he and other residents had repeatedly pushed for an investigation into the “incompetent” tenant management organisation.
The donations, so far totalling £2.3m, broke previous records for the largest one-day sums given via the website. JustGiving’s fee of 5pc of any money donated – more than twice the fees of some rival donor sites – means it will get a bumper windfall.
The sums generated for the firm could be even higher, as JustGiving applies that fee to GiftAid donations too. GiftAid enables UK taxpayers to get tax relief on any charitable donations, with this sum going to the charity too. For every £1 you give 25p can be reclaimed.
JustGiving, a privately-owned business, said that it uses the 5pc charge on all donations to maintain the website and process GiftAid tax relief. It also gives free advice to charities on online fundraising and creating new fundraising tools.
The Grenfell fundraising saw the largest amount raised in a single day on JustGiving, of £1.6m.
The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and London Community Foundation JustGiving page has raised £1.1m alone, while a page setup by local teacher Hayley Yearwood has raised just over £1m. including the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which raised almost £90,000 and Family Action, which has raised £115,000.