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.)