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Eid balloons a tribute for Grenfell Tower victims

The free Eid4Grenfell event brought together those affected by the tragedy and volunteers

30 June, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Balloons were released for the Grenfell Tower victims at an Eid event on Monday [Photo: Ryan Dalton]

HUNDREDS of colourful balloons were released into the sky in honour of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at a special Eid event on Monday. The Eid4Grenfell event in Kensington Memorial Gardens, above, was organised by Queen’s Park Community Councillor Ryan Dalton and UCL student Rob Ahmed with support from the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Centre.

There was a free funfair, games, and a healing and comfort corner at the event that brought together many of the volunteers who had been preparing and delivering care packages for the past two weeks for those in need. Many community organisations donated their time or goods for the event, including Khan’s restaurant in Queensway, which provided free meals.

Cllr Dalton said: “The event, which received fantastic feedback, really helped residents, volunteers and children to have a period of time away from thinking about the tragic aftermath of the fire. This was evident from all of the children laughing and smiling throughout the day.”

One Grenfell resident, known as Tay, said the event “really does make you appreciate the power of volunteers and the power of our community”.

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