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Authors for Grenfell Tower: Fundraising and Auction

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I know that a fair number of readers here are located in the UK, so I want to share an online fundraiser that is raising money to go to residents affected by the recent Grenfell Tower fire.

As many of you probably know, a fire ravaged the 24 story Grenfell Tower, a residential building in London, during the early hours of morning on June 14, 2017. The fire started as the result of shoddy construction practices and destroyed 120 individual apartments and left at least 79 people dead or missing. The residents who survived the fire now have to rebuild their lives and in many cases, pay for funeral costs for the people who could not escape Grenfell.

Authors for Grenfell is trying to help those survivors by hosting an online auction. The proceeds from it will go to the London Fire Relief Fund, which is the British Red Cross’s fund for those affected by the Grenfell fire.

Items up for auction were donated by authors, editors, agents, and the publishing community. They include manuscript critiques, signed books, chances to name characters, query critiques, and school visits and personal meetings with authors. The full list of items at the auction is impressive, and the generosity of the people involved in this project makes my eyes prick.

Bidding started yesterday, June 19, and runs through Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00pm British Standard Time. People from outside of the UK are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser; they just have to make their bid in GBP or follow the US$ reserve price. (Essentially they want everyone to stick to the same currency for a product, so that bids can be easily tracked.)

If you are so inclined, check out the website and items for auction. Any donations given will go to a good cause.

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3 thoughts on “Authors for Grenfell Tower: Fundraising and Auction

  1. There are quite a few ongoing schemes to raise funds for the families affected by this disaster. A home destroyed by fire (whatever the cause) is a nightmare scenario which I’m sure is shared by most families, whatever their circumstances and however financially supportive their insurance. Any effort to help those whose lives are devastated by the Grenfell fire is commendable.
    I would like to add a couple of further thoughts. All evidence points to the primary responsibility for the tragedy lying with local authority and government, so the generous support given by charities and private individuals should not be an excuse [or be seen as an excuse] for the said authorities to provide less help and support. The Grenfell disaster is not just a “London” problem and I know many of my friends in the so-called provinces will agree we must not relax pressure on our politicians to provide not only fair financial aid but also answers to WHY this was ever allowed to happen!

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    1. The more I read about how the fire spread the more horrified I become. It also makes me suspicious of how other building regulations are handled, especially for communities with less of a voice in politics. I do hope that the tragedy will inspire broader housing reforms, but we’ll see. These things so often fall through the cracks.

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      1. I do agree. Already, we have some of the ‘answers’ and are (I am anyway) horrified to discover that round the country there are other accidents waiting to happen because council administrations wanted to shave a few pennies off the cost of proper fire protection. The bigger tragedy seems to be that the rules/laws are already there but have been widely ignored.

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