Grenfell Tower donations

Cllr Joe Carlebach writes

Like many of you I have been watching the unfolding disaster at Grenfell Tower just a stones through form our Borough. I am sure all the residents of Hammersmith and Fulham will join with me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all the effected especially where loved ones have been injured or are still missing.

I understand that at the time of writing there is a confirmed total of six fatalities with the emergency services expecting the total to rise.This loss is too heart breaking to describe. I know that many of you will be asking what you can do to help our neighbours in their hour of greatest need.

A Just Giving page has been set up by City Harvest and you can donate by following this link:

http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GrenfellUnbeelievableCityHarvest

I also want to publicly thank the Emergency services who rushed to the scene, doing their very best to help the victims of this disaster.

In particular I would like to thank the Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and of course our wonderful NHS staff at all our local hospitals especially St Mary’s and Charring Cross.

As always your heroism, so often understated, is what makes you world class in what you do.

There are also a lot of questions to be asked about how this fire spread so quickly and why it took so long to evacuate the building. Now is not the time for any inquests but there are clearly lessons to be learnt. These lessons will apply to us too as we have a significant number of tower blocks here in Hammersmith and Fulham. It would be totally unacceptable not to learn the very hard lessons of this disaster to avoid future tragedies.

2 thoughts on “Grenfell Tower donations

  1. I am loathe to leave a comment on these forums normally but under the dreadful circumstances of the Grenfell Tower, I feel so angry and so fully in sympathy with the people who tried to get something done about what they saw as risks to the building, as I too went through this with our own Council, LBHF, over the past year and a half or so. Finally, after that time we are having our fire safety fully addressed, but this was not achieved easily and involved many emails and phone calls, being treated like a nuisance along the way. The lead up to this consisted of being ignored, not being sent a copy of the FRA when requested, seeing a copy sent to a leaseholder which highlighted the very real dangers in our block, and finally, after an FOI enquiry, being sent a [later, hastily amended] rather than the requested version that I had witnessed, for our block. There were so many inconsistencies, including being told that the Fire Brigade had not made any reports to the Council and that nothing was on file [they had and I provided proof of this including a job number ]. So many issues were not properly addressed initially and both myself and the TRA were being ignored, to the extent that I made a complaint, again and again, involving leaders of the Council. I believe it is not only governments that should be held responsible but ultimately, Councils, and the departments that should be monitoring and addressing these problems, which was clearly not happening. The Shepherds Bush fire came a long time after my first concerns for my own block. I live in a block and so does one of my children. This is of major concern and anxiety to me and I have no hesitation in letting anyone know just how lives are being put at risk. I fully support those who have made the same complaints about the Grenfell situation. My heart goes out to all of those that have lost somebody and I truly hope that justice will be done and that lives have not been lost in vain.

  2. Hi, not sure if is the right place to write this messsge but I would like to write a coment regarding where fire started, may help in investigation, currently living in a flat that was renewed last year, where contractors use the cheapest materials, I did came across a situation where my dish washer stopped working after some checks I did notice that the switch fitted to cut power to socket where dishwasher is connected, that switch melted at point of starting fire , it didn’t get on fire because at melt electricity was interrupted on the switch, cutting power to dishwasher. Dishwasher still works normally connected in different socket.

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