WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Healing hearts after the fire

The Grenfell Tower fire in England was a horrific event in which residents lost lives, homes, possesions friends and family members. We now know from a later inquiry, that the fire was an avoidable fiasco caused by systemic neglect and incompetence. You could say that it revealed the dark side humanity. But as we WATWB bloggers know, there is always the light whichemerges in such situations revealing the best of humanity. I love this story of two women who took it upon themselves to organise opportunities for respite and renewal for the victims, showng them that yhey are valued.

Members of the public are offering free holidays to those who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as members of the emergency services who helped tackle the blaze.

The initiative was set up by friends Angie Mays and Kay Gilbert, from Ilfracombe, Devon, who told the BBC they “just wanted to do something to help”.

The pair set up the Facebook group ‘Grenfell Tower Holiday Appeal’ to ask those with holiday homes, spare rooms or transport to help.

“We are asking for free donation of holidays to all those affected by the fire, victims, their families and the fire fighters,” the page says.

“We hope in time they will be able to have a much needed break away free of charge and have some respite away from the horrendous situation. Transport, food you name it, whatever you want to donate let us know. Thank you to every one for your support.”

The page has already received more than 100 messages from holiday home owners who’ve said they’re happy to offer a free stay.

Locations available range from Exmoor and the Cotswolds to Ibiza and Cyprus.

Others have offered to put on respite activities, such as face painting to “cheer up” the children affected and free foot massages for the adults.

The page has already received more than 100 messages from holiday home owners who’ve said they’re happy to offer a free stay.

Locations available range from Exmoor and the Cotswolds to Ibiza and Cyprus.

Others have offered to put on respite activities, such as face painting to “cheer up” the children affected and free foot massages for the adults.

12 thoughts on “WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Healing hearts after the fire

  1. Hi Kate – that’s great they’re out there helping … I wrote about Cornwall hugging Grenfell with a similar approach in September 2017 – just so good to know that initiatives are still happening. It was and is such a horror to happen in life.
    https://positiveletters.blogspot.com/2017/09/we-are-world-blogfest-7-cornwall-hugs.html

    My own one for July is about triplets up in Nottingham … http://positiveletters.blogspot.com/2019/07/we-are-world-blogfest-27-three-littlie.html

    These stories do open our hearts … why promises are made and then just left seems to be a failure in our political life … but thanks for letting us know about these two enterprising ladies – cheers Hilary

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