Expats join UK Brits offering free holidays to former Grenfell Tower residents

Published:  26 Jun at 6 PM
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British friends Kay Gilbert and Angie Mays have set up an online initiative offering free holidays to victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno, with the offer also extended to members of the emergency services who risked their lives during the worst London fire since the blitz.

Angie and Kay say they were motivated simply by a wish to help those in desperate circumstances by setting up the Grenfell Tower Holiday Appeal on Facebook. The web page asks readers with spare rooms or holiday homes in both the UK and popular overseas expat locations to donate free vacations to those affected by the tragedy, their families and the fire fighters themselves. They’re also asking for transport to enable those affected to get to donated holiday locations, in the hope that a break away from the horror will give respite to sufferers from the fire.

So far, some 377 holiday offers have already been received, including one from ex-firefighters now living in southern Spain, and the overall reaction to the initiative has been amazing! Although the web page has only just been set up, the girls have already received a huge number of pledges of free accommodation in locations varying from the Cotswolds and Exmoor to the Mediterranean holiday islands of Cyprus and Ibiza. Angie is now desperately searching for help with transportation and travel arrangements so that the dream breaks from reality can come true for those in need.

The pair have also set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page for donations to help the holidays go ahead, and are urging everyone who can help or wants to donate to visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139241556649076/. Those wishing to donate money for transportation can do so via the Facebook page, and Angie’s hoping her Just Giving crowdfunding site will raise around £5,000 to be put towards food and travel costs for victims of the horrendous blaze responsible for destroying so many lives, homes and hopes for the future.
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