After the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower this week, Londoners are coming together to help those affected by launching crowdfunding campaigns and hosting fundraisers. Here are all the ways you can get involved and offer your support.
If you’re not sure where to donate or how you can help, the Grenfell Support website is being updated with the latest information on which centres are accepting donations, as well as when and where volunteers are needed. They’ve also created an online form for general ‘offers of help’, so you can offer your services and they’ll make sure that resources are being used in the most useful way.
Studio 338 x Anomalia presents #Raveanddonate Grenfell Fundraiser
Studio 338 and Anomalia are hosting a fundraising event on June 18, with Apollo 84, Leftwing & Cody, Bazaar, Shane Mac, Clive Henry b2b Leroy Roberts, East End Dubs and Third Son already confirmed on the line-up. Tickets start at £11.30 and all sales will be donated to the London Community Foundation, which has recently launched an appeal. Get tickets here. Studio 338, 338 Boord St, SE10 0PF. June 18.
Yoga in the park
Sputnik Yoga is organising an outdoor yoga class in Crystal Palace Park at 10am on Sunday June 18. The session is free, but if you can afford to donate, you can bring cash on the day or donate through Just Giving. Reserve your spot here.
Clerkenwell’s vintage shopping extravaganza returns to The Courthouse Hotel in Old Street for its last event of the summer season. In light of the tragedy in north Kensington, the fair’s organisers will be donating a percentage of the door price to this crowdfunding campaign.
Vice pub quiz
The folks at Vice are organising a pub quiz to help raise money. Details are still TBC but it’ll be happening on Tuesday June 20. Keep an eye on Twitter for more details.
The Test Kitchen Pay-What-You-Like Fundraiser For Grenfell Tower Residents
Michelin-awarded chef Adam Simmonds is hosting a pay-what-you-like fundraiser at his Soho restaurant The Test Kitchen on Saturday June 17. Guests can pay as much as they like for their meal, with all the proceeds going to the Just Giving Families of Grenfell Tower appeal. Reserve a table online or give them a call on 020 7734 8487. The Test Kitchen, 54 Frith St, W1D 4SL.
Battersea Arts Centre and comedian Mark Thomas have organised a comedy fundraiser on Monday June 19. Mark Thomas will perform alongside Jeremy Hardy, Josie Long, Heydon Prowse and Imran Yusuf. Tickets are £25 and all proceeds will go to the Grenfell Tower Appeal, coordinated by the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. Get tickets here.
The Grenfell Tower fundraiser Dance
The folks at Boiler Room are organising an event on June 22 at Dalston Roof Park, with all ticket sales going to help those affected. They'll have loads of DJs and a raffle – prizes include tickets to Sunfall, ELROW, Xoyo, Phonox, Outlook, Dimensions, Suncebeat, Livin Proof, Pioneer Headphones, as well as dinner at Blues Kitchen, home-delivered lunch by Crumble Events, clothing from Edwin and Pieute and merchandise from Boiler Room and Resident Advisor.
There are various crowdfunding campaigns to help raise money – Just Giving has put together a list of all the verified campaigns here, so you can be sure your money is going to help those in need.
There’s also a petition on Change.org calling for the release of the 2013 report on the 2009 Lakanal House fire in Camberwell. John Tyson, who set up the petition, writes that the Lakanal fire ‘highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell’. Find out more and sign the petition here.
Throughout June, illustrator Cally of House of Cally is donating all the money from sales of her illustrated map of west London. Find out more and buy a map here.
Photographer John-Paul Pietrus is selling five signed gallery prints, with 100 percent of the profits going to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. More info here.
The Met Police have established a helpline for those concerned about loved ones. You can contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.