Grenfell Tower

There are a number of ways being put in place to help the people affected by the awful fire at Grenfell Tower. Over the weeks and months to come the survivors who have been left with nothing but the clothes of their backs will have to find a way to rebuild their lives and live with the terrible psychological effects of a tragedy like this.

Our guild have already been discussing ways to help people affected by the trauma of the recent terrorist attacks in London and we agreed we wanted to support charities that are working with survivors and the bereaved.

After this fire, hundreds of people will be left with nothing and who knows yet how many lives have been lost with their loved ones left to grieve for them.

In the short term there are practical things that can be done. For anyone with anything to donate, including finished quilts, but also clothes, shoes, new underwear, food, toiletries and toys the church that has been publicised on social media is saying on twitter they don’t need anything at the moment. @ClementJames but its worth keeping an eye on their account.

They are instead recommending to send donations to

Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Rd, London W11 4AH

Henry Dickens Community Centre, 104 St.Anns Rd, London W11 4BU

Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP

To donate financially there are a number of just giving accounts set up and an umbrella one is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/categories/emergencies/grenfell-tower-fire

Longer term we intend to support https://www.mind.org.uk and https://www.cruse.org.uk which offer support with bereavement and trauma. These charities will be offering support for years to come for people impacted by the recent events and we urge you to do the same.

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Christmas Charity Stocking

The guild is currently making stockings for the families of babies in St Thomas’ Hospital intensive care unit. The stockings will be filled with goodies for the parents and babies.

If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and we can pass on the details of size and where to send them to.

Stockings will not be placed in the cots/incubators so we do not need such strict fabric/wadding rules as are normal with babies. However, please do not put any buttons or embellishments on them. Any colour scheme is fine, you don’t have to stick to Christmas colours!

Please feel free to make as many as you wish, any extras can be distributed to another ward. But we do need them by early December.

The Charity and Chaplaincy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ are thrilled to have us on board for this.