‘Incredible response’ to Flint Cross firm’s donations appeal for victims of Grenfell Tower fire sees lorry-loads of supplies from Royston, Hitchin, Stevenage and beyond head to London
PUBLISHED: 12:03 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 15 June 2017
Staff at a removal firm near Royston have said the response to their appeal – to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in West London – has been incredible.
Jamie Wells, boss of Better Removals & Storage in Flint Cross, started the appeal in the wake of the blaze which took hold of the 24-storey residential block in North Kensington within 30 minutes in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed 17 people have sadly died, and as many as 600 left homeless.
Sue Wells, who works with son Jamie at the family-run firm, said: “You wouldn’t believe how many donations we’ve had, our car park is full up – we have so much stuff it’s unbelievable.
“It was important to us because it is just so sad that these people have been left with nothing, and we just wanted to do what we could.
“The appeal went viral, we’ve had people come up to us in Flint Cross from Stevenage, we’ve had people from Liverpool and Scotland get in touch. we’ve even had someone offer their home for two weeks while they’re on holiday.”
Sue said they’ve had everything from clothes and toiletries and mattresses. She added that mums are bringing in their children who want to donate their own toys to the cause.
Jamie is taking the haul from his site – and donations from drop off points in Hitchin and Stevenage – to centres processing donations in London today.
There has been so much donated from all over the country, so the North Herts drop-off points have now closed as helpers in the capital are inundated.
Sue said if anyone has anything they are still wanting donate, to bring items to the depot near Royston, at Flint Park, Barley Road, SG8 7PU. And these will be sent to London when they are able to.
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