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Westfield employees worked hard to respond to the fire
at Grenfell Tower close to Westfield London, and support
those sadly impacted by this terrible event in June 2017.
On the day of the incident, Westfield helped to set up a
drop off point within the centre where a large number
of items had been donated by customers, retailers and
residents including clothing, food, medical supplies,
blankets, children’s items, phones and chargers. Westfield
employees also visited local community centres to drop
off items as well as providing boxes for storage to create
much-needed floor space for accommodation.
With the overwhelming generosity of donations across
the borough, Westfield joined forces with retailers, the
British Red Cross and the Royal Borough of Kensington
and Chelsea to act as a consolidation centre for donation
points around the area. Employees spent the weekend
sorting through a vast number of donations and loading
them onto lorries to provide much-needed storage until
the affected residents could be rehoused. We were also
able to provide more targeted support to individuals and
families directly affected by the tragedy, visiting those in
need and providing specific items such as new clothes
and other essentials to allow them to get back to work
and school.
Westfield also made significant donations to The
Kensington and Chelsea Charity Fund and to the Evening
Standard fund, which was further supported by our
employees who assisted with bucket collections to help
raise additional funds.
Westfield was honoured by His Royal Highness Prince
Harry for being a key stakeholder that had supported
the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Prince Harry
thanked Westfield London and its partners for the retail
response to the tragic incident including the logistical and
community support that Westfield and retailers provided.