News ID: 1839
Croydon's Muslim community has been doing all it can to help victims of the Grenfell this winter.
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Publish Date: 30 December 2017

A lack of warm clothes left the victims, who lost everything in the fire, freezing.

This week, members from the Al-Khair Foundation donated care packages to 30 of the worst affected families who are still living in hotels and were facing a cold new year without the aid.

The UK programmes’ officer at Al-Khair, Florent Caillibotte, said there was still a need to help the victims as much as possible.

"There were a lot of donations in the summer after the tragedy but none for the winter," she said.

"We have been working with the donations centre since the fire. There is still a real need for aid.

"Not everyone has been rehoused and there has been less and less support for them in terms of donations."

The packages were delivered to the donations centre which was set up immediately after the fire, something that has been a lifeline for families who lost loved ones and homes for over six months. Of the 250 families dispersed when the tower block became a deadly inferno, only 49 have been found permanent homes.

Hanan Miezou is the manager of the donations centre and said the donations would be a rare bright spot for the victims who have lost so much.

"They are not in the frame of mind to go out shopping," she said.

"It is a difficult time of year for them because people are spending it in their homes with their families and these people have no homes and in some cases have no family.

"They are still going through huge hardship and need continued support.”

A lack of warm clothes left the victims, who lost everything in the fire, freezing.

This week, members from the Al-Khair Foundation donated care packages to 30 of the worst affected families who are still living in hotels and were facing a cold new year without the aid.

The UK programmes’ officer at Al-Khair, Florent Caillibotte, said there was still a need to help the victims as much as possible.

"There were a lot of donations in the summer after the tragedy but none for the winter," she said.

"We have been working with the donations centre since the fire. There is still a real need for aid.

"Not everyone has been rehoused and there has been less and less support for them in terms of donations."

The packages were delivered to the donations centre which was set up immediately after the fire, something that has been a lifeline for families who lost loved ones and homes for over six months. Of the 250 families dispersed when the tower block became a deadly inferno, only 49 have been found permanent homes.

Hanan Miezou is the manager of the donations centre and said the donations would be a rare bright spot for the victims who have lost so much.

"They are not in the frame of mind to go out shopping," she said.

"It is a difficult time of year for them because people are spending it in their homes with their families and these people have no homes and in some cases have no family.

"They are still going through huge hardship and need continued support.”

/croydonguardian

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