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/ 19 June 2017

Allchurches Trust grants for churches helping Grenfell Tower survivors

Donations at St Clement's for Grenfell Tower

Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts, is giving £10,000 to churches helping the survivors and community around Grenfell Tower.

The Ven Stephan Welch, Archdeacon of Middlesex who is leading the Diocese of London’s efforts to support the local community, will be dispersing the grant money on Allchurches Trust’s behalf.

He said:

“It is wonderful to see how quickly Christian compassion is mobilised and the resilience of our churches and other faith groups in the face of this horrendous tragedy. Once this story disappears from the newspapers and TV screens, the churches in this west London community will continue to minister to local people over the next generation, healing grief, anger and hurt.

“Churches in the Diocese of London are committed to being present to every community in this great city and generosity of the kind shown here by Allchurches Trust helps to consolidate that commitment for the future.”

Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said:

“Our funds come from our ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group which has a long history of insuring churches and other historic buildings against fire. This being so, we understand all too well the devastating consequences for those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Our hearts go out to them and we hope our grant will contribute in some small way by supporting the neighbourhood churches that are doing so much to provide comfort and support.”

One of the churches that will benefit from the grant is St Clement’s Notting Dale, just 200 yards from Grenfell Tower. St Clement’s opened its doors immediately in the early hours of the morning and became the major centre for rescue and recovery. St Clement’s is a strongly community-focused church and blesses the Notting Hill Carnival procession before it sets off every year. Another local church that will receive funds is St John’s Notting Hill which became the rest centre for fire fighters and ambulance crew.

Allchurches Trust gives grants to churches, charities and their communities and the decision to make this grant for Grenfell Tower’s community, took precedence at its recent Board meeting last week.

Image: Donations made to St Clement’s to help the local community, via @ClementJames.

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