She may be one of the world’s biggest stars but Adele proved she has her priorities straight when she took the time to pay a low-profile visit to Grenfell Tower residents who had lost homes and loved ones in yesterday’s devastating fire.
The London fire service has confirmed that at least 17 people died in the North Kensington tower block blaze, with a further 78 people taken to hospital, some with “critical” injuries. Many remain unaccounted for, with the death toll expected to rise.
The local community has been coming together to help the displaced, donating clothes, food and bedding as the city awaits answers on why the tragedy happened and what should have been done to prevent it.
Tom Maughan, 26, told Buzzfeed that Adele turned up with her husband Simon Konecki at a vigil held for those affected last night. She reportedly spent 15 minutes talking to victims, hugging them and taking part in selfies.
Earlier in the day, Jamie Oliver posted on Instagram that families left homeless by the fire would be offered free food, drink and shelter in his Jamie’s Italian restaurant in the nearby Westfield shopping centre, Jeremy Clarkson donated and encouraged others to do the same, singer Lily Allen called on anyone in need of “a bed or a lift” to tweet her and singer Rita Ora was also spotted on the scene joining the community effort.
To any of the 100's of FAMILIES effected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting hill today, You are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamies Italian team. We are in the Westfield just around the corner. Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love …. this is for victims of the fire our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all big love jamie x x x x
People of Kensington. Remember to give what you can spare – clothes etc – to those made homeless by that terrible fire.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 14, 2017
If anyone need a bed or a lift, or tea tweet me and I'll follow back. #NorthKensington
— LILY ALLEN (@lilyallen) June 14, 2017
Jo Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, has offered legal help to residents seeking compensation and justice.
If residents of Grenfell Tower want legal help with compensation and responsibility many lawyers will be happy to help. For free. I will.
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) June 15, 2017
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