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/ 23 May 2019

Bishop of Kensington calls on schools to go Green for Grenfell

The Bishop of Kensington, The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, is calling on schools across London to plan their own Green for Grenfell Day, in recognition of the second anniversary of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

Going Green for Grenfell is an initiative that arose from within the local community which calls on members of the public to remember those still affected by the Grenfell Tower fire and to do something good for their own local community by wearing green and supporting a local cause.

For schools, this can mean: green non-uniform days, school or community planting days, green-themed cake sales or a green-themed craft day, or many other ideas. They are encouraged to hold the day any time between 14th June (the second anniversary of the fire) and 28th June.

Last year on the first anniversary of the fire, thousands of children across the Diocese of London joined schools nationwide by going ‘Green’, including St Paul’s and All Hallows in Tottenham, whose staff and students featured on BBC London last June.

This year, the initiative is gaining momentum, with backers including Eden Project Communities, The Big Get Together and The Woodland Trust. Its focus is on working together to build better communities and reinforcing the idea of helping others locally.

Bishop Graham said: “Church Schools are ideally placed to show unity and support to those affected by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, which, two years on, continues to affect so many people in the North Kensington area. Going Green for Grenfell is a great way for schools to show support and to bear witness to the love of Christ for those who continue to be affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. It also is a great way to celebrate local community life, so I highly encourage schools across the Diocese to take part in this initiative.”

The initiative can be followed on social media by using #Green4Grenfell. To find out more about the initiative, including how your school can participate, visit the Grenfell United website: https://www.grenfellunited.org.uk/greenforgrenfell

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