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Grenfell Tower Fire

Our role is a special one: to get money to the bereaved next of kin who lost loved ones and to those who were hospitalised as a result of the fire. In late September we recieved extra funds that allowed us to also offer charitable grants to people living in the tower and on Grenfell Walk who lost everything in the fire but who survived (see below for more details).

Other charitable organisations are helping people who were made homeless and destitute. Information about all of the charities that are helping survivors was compiled by the Charity Commission.

LET has been given £8 million from various sources (see Charity Commission link above) to distribute to those caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.

100% of the donated funds are distributed to Grenfell families and individuals. None of the funds passed to LET are used to cover operating costs.  LET fundraises separately with trusts and foundations to cover its core operating costs. It also relies on significant pro bono support – for example, staff from other charities have been seconded in to assist; office space has been donated free of charge.

So far, we have made awards totalling £4,106,000 to 116 bereaved and injured people.

  • Bereaved next of kin of those who died have received £60,000 each
  • People who were hospitalised for at least a week have received £25,000 each
  • People who were hospitalised for between 4 days to a week have received £10,000 each
  • People who were hospitalised for between 6 hours and 4 days have received £3,500 each

Thanks to extra funds from the British Red Cross we have been able to make more payments to the bereaved and injured. And in a new joint fund with Kensington and Chelsea Foundation we are also able to make some payments – via our colleagues at the Rugby Portobello Trust – to survivors at Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk who are struggling with the distress and trauma of living through the fire.

This phase of funding has three parts, specifically:

  • A grant of £15,000 to each of the 139 households from the Grenfell Tower and a grant of £8,000 to the 26 households in Grenfell Walk (totalling £2.293m). Payments were made by the Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT) through BACS soon after we passed  on the money to RPT.
  • the next of kin of those bereaved were awarded a further £20,000 for every deceased victim on top of the £40,000 already provided through the London Emergencies Trust; and
  • people who were hospitalised for a week or more by the fire were awarded an extra £5,000, bringing the total in public donations passed to them from the London Fire Relief Fund up to £25,000.

Rob Bell, Director of the London Emergencies Trust says:

“So far, we’ve been focused on helping families who lost loved ones, and those injured. But we know that many survivors are struggling, and they have said clearly that they want distributors to make funds simple to understand and easy to access. That’s what we’ve done – pooled our funds with the K&C Foundation and worked with experienced and trusted distributor Rugby Portobello Trust who will get money to people quickly without too much bureaucracy.”

Follow us on Twitter at @LET_2017 for updates on how we are distributing donations to the bereaved and injured.

Or take a look at our short Q&A for an overview.