Haley Yearwood, Year 8 Director of Learning at Kensington Aldridge Academy, set up a Just Giving page just hours after the Grenfell Tower Fire started to raise funds for the families and individuals affected. Within a day of the fire the page raised £660,000 with the total to date reaching nearly £1.5 million from over 36,000 donors.
Ms Yearwood said “As I watched the news at 5am, I just wanted to make sure residents affected were well cared for after the tragedy.” All money raised via the page will be handed over to the charity Family Action who will distribute £750,000 of the funds to those affected via a grants scheme.
The remaining donations will be used to fund a long term responsive service which will be fully running by January. It will operate for a minimum of three years and will provide emotional and practical support to the Grenfell community.
The Aldridge Foundation worked with Ark, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Future Foundations to develop a summer programme for children in the community following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The aim was to provide productive and fun experiences during the summer holidays with residential opportunities and community events such as family film nights and a literacy festival. In-area activities were also available, including a three-day leadership course and a story-telling workshop with David Walliams.