Following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have donated to a fund for the victims of the fire, who have lost everything.
The fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington engulfed a 24-storey tower block within minutes – just a mile away from Kensington Palace – and fatalities were yesterday put at 12, but expected to rise. People were seen jumping from windows, as well as throwing their children to safety. Most were asleep at the time of the fire, around midnight, and many could not be roused.
William, Kate and Harry were among the first to give to the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, which was launched in 2010 to help grassroots charities tackling poverty, inequality and exclusion across London. The funds will go to help clothe, feed and accommodate those affected.
Today the figure has reached over £700,000, with many private donations, but also numerous goodwill gifts from large companies. Pret a Manger has given £100,000, law firm Allen & Overy donated £10,000, while JCDecaux, the outdoor advertising firm, has donated its electronic sites across the capital to advertise the appeal further.
You can donate to the cause here.
“The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance,” a spokesman for the Royals said.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area, they are keen to offer their immediate support.”
Prince Harry also visited Borough Market today, after it reopened following the London Bridge attack.