The AJ will close its crowdfunding appeal for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster at 5pm today (Friday) after raising more than £20,000 – over four times the original target
Following advice from the mayor of London’s press team and various charities – who stressed that money is urgently needed - the AJ took the decision to donate the proceeds of the appeal to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.
This means the money will be distributed for the immediate needs of those affected by the Grenfell tragedy by the London Emergencies Trust which works closely with the authorities on the ground and is also bringing together funds raised by the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
The fire - which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday June 14 – is now presumed to have killed 80 people with hundreds of households made homeless and now in temporary accommodation.
Mark Astarita, executive director of fundraising at the British Red Cross said: ‘We are delighted that the Architects’ Journal has raised more than £20,000 in aid of the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.
‘I’d like to thank all the readers that so generously supported this appeal. These donations, distributed through the London Emergencies Trust, will enable us to support those who have been left injured, bereaved, or homeless by this tragedy.’
‘Many people affected by this tragic fire have lost everything. They will be rebuilding their lives from scratch and while no amount of money will bring back lost loved ones or erase the tragic events that have unfolded, we hope that funds raised by our appeal will go some way towards alleviating the unimaginable strain and trauma these families now face.’
The AJ’s JustGiving appeal was launched on the morning of the tragic fire, just hours ahead of the annual AJ100 Awards at the Tower of London.
At the time, AJ managing editor Will Hurst wrote: ‘Tonight we are celebrating the AJ100, The Architects’ Journal’s annual celebration of the achievements of the 100 largest architecture firms in the UK. Let’s also use the occasion to help the victims of this awful tragedy in London. Donations from the AJ100 and elsewhere are welcome.’
Today, he said: ‘There’s been an astounding response to our appeal and I’m truly amazed at how much we’ve been able to raise with the architectural community and others rallying to this cause.
‘Myself and the rest of the AJ team would sincerely like to thank everyone who contributed for their incredible generosity.’
Comments from donors
Great idea. Basic solidarity gets everyone through Bruce Austen
This should never happen and we should do everything we can to avoid it happening again. Thanks for setting up this page Andrea Tse
Well done Will and the AJ for getting this donation going. What a tragedy, a very sad day John & Elaine McElgunn
I hope you raise more than £10,000! Denise Frain
We’ll promote your fundraising campaign via our Grad Show this Friday. Everyone at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture Allan Atlee
Utterly utterly shocking. Thinking of all those involved. I only live down the road. We are all anticipating the results of the investigation. Disbelief and sadness has quickly turned to anger Juliet Murphy
Will, a very worthy cause and one that the profession should support John McRae