Fundraising for Grenfell Tower victims yields more than £1.6m in first day

Seventeen people are so far known to have died in the west London fire, but police expect that number to rise

Grenfell Tower
Grenfell Tower

More than £1.6m was raised yesterday to help people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, the fundraising platform JustGiving has said.

A fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, west London, in the early hours of Wednesday morning and turned into an inferno that lasted almost 24 hours.

Seventeen people have been confirmed dead as a result of the fire, but the Metropolitan Police Service said it expected the death toll to rise.

More than 250 fundraising pages have been set up on JustGiving to help victims, families and people left homeless by the fire, with more than £1.6m raised so far.

One of the most popular pages was set up by the London Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to raise money for the London Community Foundation. It had raised more than £449,000 by midday today.

A spokesman for JustGiving said: "The thoughts of everyone at JustGiving go out to the victims of this terrible incident. The team here are doing all we can to help coordinate efforts to best help those affected. As with all emergency situations, we will be holding funds while we work with page owners to ensure that all money makes it to those in need."

The Charity Commission has urged anyone who wants to help those affected by the fire to donate to registered charities.

David Holdsworth, registrar of charities for England and Wales and chief operating officer at the Charity Commission, said: "We are saddened to hear of the tragic events in west London. There are many registered charities on the ground doing what they do best to assist those who have been affected.

"We are urging members of the public who wish to make donations to check that they give to registered charities in order to best support those affected, and – importantly – to check with those charities what support they need, whether that is money, time or other essential supplies."

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