Prince Charles praises ‘fantastic’ Grenfell Tower volunteers

ICONINSIDER — Prince Charles has praised volunteers who offered to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze.
The 68-year-old royal visited a relief centre in White City on Tuesday (27.06.17) to meet with the “fantastic” volunteers who have been offering their services to those who survived the horrific fire which engulfed the 24-storey building earlier this month, leaving more than 70 dead.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the Prince of Wales repeatedly thanked volunteers outside Westway Sports Centre for their “fantastic” and “amazing” work in the wake of the tragedy.
In addition to meeting with volunteers, the royal also visited local residents and community representatives whilst at the shelter, as well as talking to some of those who managed to survive the blaze.
Ian Gray, senior emergency response officer for the south-east of England, spoke to the Prince, and said he was “proud” of the work carried out by volunteers.
He said: “He was amazed at how we had all come together as volunteers and staff across the country, from Scotland to England to Wales to Ireland. He was really made up and proud that we were working so well and giving the support to the people who need it. He made the effort to shake everyone’s hand, he listened to everyone and he was really interested to hear their stories.”
And Isabelle Alajooz, a 28-year-old volunteer for homelessness charity Shelter, admitted it was “definitely a boost” to have royals visit the centre.
She said: “We told him the work we were doing was for the victims of the tower and he wanted to know how they had been immediately housed and assisted by everyone. It’s definitely a boost [to have him visit].”
Charles’ visit comes after he previously made a donation of an unspecified amount to the relief effort, as part of his role as the president of the British Red Cross.

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