Pubs have mobilised to help victims of yesterday's devastating Grenfell Tower blaze by becoming collection hubs and holding fundraisers.
Pubs across the UK are raising money and collecting items for the families left homeless after Wednesday’s catastrophic fire in the West London tower block.
One Twitter user praised staff at the Elgin Pub, owned by Young’s, who reportedly ran to help at the scene and opened the pub to help survivors in the early hours.
The pub was unable to comment on their actions on the night but said they had sent sandwiches to the relief centres to help feed the victims.
Well done the staff at The Elgin pub who ran to help at the Grenfell Tower Fire, then opened the pub to help survivors in the early hours.— Bo Beolens (@Fatbirder) June 14, 2017
Other pubs have offered their bars to be used as a collection point for locals wanting to donate items such as clothing and toiletries.
“We put a post on Facebook saying we were collecting for the victims if anyone had items to donate, and within hours we had about half a skip full,” said Sam Gallizzi, assistant manager at the Bell in Fetcham, Leatherhead.
“We’re a small village so the pub is a good central point for everyone, plus we are open long hours. It’s been a very strong response from our customers, and we have partnered with the local school to help deliver it all to the rescue centres.”
The Gardeners, Springfield in Essex also collected three vans of goods from locals wanting to help.
Other pubs are holding fundraiser events, such as The Book Club in London’s Old Street, which has said it will be donating all proceeds from tonight's Hip-Hop Pub Quiz to those affected, and The Gunners in North London which has organised an all-day fundraising event.
ITS CONFIRMED... come on folks dig deep it could have been any of us involved in this tragedy at Grenfell Towers details to follow https://t.co/YAKVjx2Tsv— TheGunnersPub (@TheGunnersPub) June 15, 2017
So far the MET police have confirmed 17 fatalities, with that number expected to rise.
Most collection centres have been inundated with supplies and are now asking the public to make monetary donations to help care for the victims in the time following this disaster.
Donations can be made to a trusted donation page here.