Grenfell Tower: Holidays and trips organised for victims and emergency service workers

Grenfell Tower: holidays and trips organised for victims and emergency service workers

Many have been left homeless by the fire

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two friends from Ilfracombe in Devon are helping to offer free holidays and treats to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

They are also organising trips for emergency service workers who attended the scene.

Kay Gilbert and Angie Mays campaigned on Facebook for people to donate holidays to the victims of the fire, according to the BBC.

More than 100 donations have now been made and Kay says they include gifts from holiday-home owners and holiday parks, as well as "quad bike adventures, meal vouchers, photography shoots, hair cuts, beauty treatments, counselling...it's just amazing".

A spokesperson from the Fire Brigades Union has praised the idea: "This is a wonderfully kind gesture for firefighters who have undertaken utterly courageous work in very difficult circumstances."

Louise Downs owns a one-bedroom holiday flat in Ilfracombe and has already fully booked the home out for November for workers who attended the fire.

She is now taking free bookings for December and January as well. Louise said: "I just thought they needed a break and I've had a really good response."

Hetty Thompson is also giving her Bridgerule holiday let to those affected by the fire. She wants them to know that "the support from those in London has been amazing, but I think it's really important for people to realise how much all our hearts around the country and the world go out to them".