London tower block blaze: Royston business boss launches urgent aid appeal for victims

Smoke billows from the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: Rick Findler/P

Smoke billows from the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: Rick Findler/PA Wire - Credit: PA

In the wake of last night’s huge tower block fire in west London, a Royston business boss is co-ordinating an urgent aid appeal for those affected.

Smoke from the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London was visible from Stevenage at 7am this morning.

Smoke from the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London was visible from Stevenage at 7am this morning. Picture: Jeremy Williams - Credit: Archant

At least six people have died in the fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington – with about 50 being treated in hospitals across the capital and 200 firefighters tackling the blaze.

Jamie Wells, of Better Removals & Storage in Royston’s Barley Road, has said this morning that his firm will deliver any items such as clothes and toiletries that people might want to donate for the victims.

Jamie said: “After the disaster last night of the fire in London, many families are stranded without any clothes or resources after losing everything.

“If you would like to donate clothes, shoes, toiletries – anything you may think is useful for the short term for these families, then that would be great.

Smoke billows from the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: Rick Findler/P

Smoke billows from the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: Rick Findler/PA Wire - Credit: PA


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“Please drop them in at Better Removals & Storage today or tomorrow morning and we’ll deliver to London, to those who need it.

“If this works locally I have a large network of other removal companies that could do the same, and in a few weeks I may ask for furniture.

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“Thank you and I hope it is just possessions lost and not lives.”

If you think you can help, the drop-off point is at Flint Park in Barley Road, Royston SG8 7PU.

You can call ahead on 01763 877222 or email sales@betterremovals.co.uk.

Clive Hall will be manning a Hitchin drop-off point for the appeal until about 9.30pm tonight, at the Queen Mother Theatre off Walsworth Road SG4 9SP.

There are also two drop-off points in Stevenage – donations can be left with Jenie Andrews at 10 Raleigh Crescent SG2 0EQ, or Sarah Muncey at 11 Boxberry Close SG1 3NE.

Donations for the fire’s victims can also be made online at justgiving.com/familiesofgrenfelltower.

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