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Grenfell Tower tragedy: Communities in Brent rush to help in any way they can

PUBLISHED: 15:03 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 19 June 2017

Hundreds of donations were brought to the Willesden Working Men's Club after the Grenfell Tower inferno

Hundreds of donations were brought to the Willesden Working Men's Club after the Grenfell Tower inferno

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People in the borough have rushed to help victims in different ways after hundreds lost everything in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Whether organising an appeal, donating goods and food, or volunteering at the site, the community responded quickly to the inferno that claimed a yet unknown number of lives in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Michelle Carr, who lives in Church Road Harlesden, went down to White City on Thursday with her sister Denise, armed with “boxes and boxes” of baby clothes and sanitary towels.

The 36-year-old, who is setting up her own business selling organic sanitary equipment and had “loads of samples” said: “My eyes are still swollen from crying so much, I’ve never experienced anything like it in all my life. When you are down there, it’s indescribable, the silence, it was so quiet considering the hundreds of people who were there helping.”

She added: “A couple of people were at a table donating different types of food to anyone who was hungry. It turned out they were from Vicki’s Caf in Kilburn Lane.

“They came out specifically to help volunteers, it was extraordinary. It just shows the humanity of people and what they can do faced with a tragic crisis like this.”

The Willesden Working Men’s Club (WWMC) in Villiers Road were inundated with food, clothes and bedding from well-wishers following an appeal organised by local resident Nicole Carroll.

She said: “The WWMC is a family club and we do a lot for charity. I was shocked by the response we received. It really shows what a strong sense of community we have in London.

“This wouldn’t have been able to happen without the support from other members of the WWMC and the committee.”

Volunteers dropped donations to nearby centres on Wednesday night and are now storing the remaining donations until they receive further information.

Ms Carroll added: “We would like to thank all those who donated and also those who volunteered for two days to sort the donations. It was a huge task but together we did it. I am so proud to say that I am on the committee of such an amazing club.”

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