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Southend United raised £11,616 for the London Fire Relief Fund

28 November 2017

At half time of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Oxford, Southend United Football Club presented a cheque for £11,616 to representatives from the British Red Cross, along with Sir David Amess, to go towards the London Fire Relief Fund...

Days after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June, Blues pledged their support to the families affected by the disaster.

£10 from every adult season card that was bought from 16 June and £1 from every adult match ticket bought up until 30th September were donated from the club to cause.

The essential funds raised will go towards helping the families rebuild their lives.

Emma Spragg, British Red Cross Director of Crisis Response for London, said: “We are immensely grateful for the generosity of Southend United, its supporters and all those who have given to our London Fire Relief Fund. The human trauma arising from the Grenfell Tower fire will change the lives of those affected forever, these funds will in some way be helping families cope with their loss.”

Responding to emergencies is at the heart of what the British Red Cross do here in the UK. The charity has thousands of specially trained staff and volunteers across the UK able to deal with different emergency situations and offer support in times of crisis. The British Red Cross supports people during a crisis and will be there after for as long as it is needed.

Hundreds of British Red Cross volunteers from across the country were on the ground from the early hours of Wednesday 14 June, supporting those affected by the awful fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower.

More than 600 volunteers have helped around 1,700 people since the fire. £6.7m has been raised by the British Red Cross for the London Fire Emergency Fund. Every penny will go to those affected by the fire.

Sir David Amess added: “As the Chairman of the All Part Fire Safety and Rescue Group, I would like to thank Southend United and their supporters for their generosity in giving money to help support the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster to rebuild their lives.

“None of us will forget the horrific scenes of a towering inferno which Grenfell became on 14th June.

“This was the fire that was never supposed to happen. As we approach Christmas, your generosity will go some way to easing the pain and suffering of those families who have lost so much.”

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