vinny_lbcThere has been an overwhelming response from the UK public to help those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

Here’s what you need to know about the situation and how you can help.

How can I donate to London fire victims?

Please donate to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.

We are helping to co-ordinate fundraising in an appeal to support the residents and neighbours of Grenfell Tower.

The fund has raised more than £5.75 million so far. Of this £2.4 million has been transferred to the London Emergencies Trust which is making the grants to the most seriously affected people now.

Money will be given to people affected by the fire, including those who have lost everything. They can use this to buy the things they need to give themselves and their families as much normality as they can get at this extraordinarily difficult time.

By donating to the London Fire Relief Fund you will be able to help those who have been injured, bereaved, left destitute or traumatised by this tragedy.

Where can I donate clothes for fire victims?

Thanks to the generosity of members of the public, more donations of clothes and food at the rest centre are currently not needed.

The Red Cross has been helping to help turn excess donated clothes into cash for people affected by the fire through ‘Shop for Grenfell’. Find out more and how you can support.

Do you need any volunteers?

At the moment the British Red Cross does not need any more volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross in the future, you can find out more about becoming an emergency response volunteer here.

How can I get support if I have been affected?

People affected by the fire can go to the Assistance Centre located at the The Curve, No 10 Bard Road, Nottingdale, West London, W10 6TP. People can access services and support provided by the response team from 10am to 8pm.

If you have an outstanding need or concern related to the Grenfell Tower fire, please contact the Care for Grenfell team on 020 7745 6414 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively email careforgrenfell@rbkc.gov.uk.

If people are concerned about a family member they should call the Metropolitan Police Service Incident Room number – 0800 032 4539.

This is open 24 hours a day. If someone was reported as missing and has been found safe, please call the Incident Room with an update.

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©MattPercival/BritishRedCross

What has the Red Cross doing to help?

Our emergency response volunteers have been providing practical and emotional support since the early hours of Wednesday 14 June after the fire broke out.

They were at the Grenfell Community Assistance Centre, providing practical and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers have also been at a number of ‘Safe Spaces’, working with other community volunteers to help people who may be concerned about attending official support services. Some of our volunteers are supporting bereaved families.

We also launched a fundraising appeal at the request of Kensington and Chelsea council, and a support line.

Since the outbreak of the fire, we have deployed over 1,000 volunteers, who have supported over 1,700 people – this includes support through our support line, at the community assistance centre, at Safe Spaces and through outreach work.

This blog was updated on 21 July, 11 August, and 15 September 2017