Tom Hardy is raising money for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which has left at least 30 dead – with that number expected to rise in the coming weeks.
The Peaky Blinders actor has set up a JustGiving page titled ‘Support and Aid for Victims of the Disaster at Grenfell Tower’ and so far, it has raised more than £12,000 for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.
On the page, he praises the local community for coming together but says a ‘dramatic change’ is needed.
In the statement, he said:
As a Londoner and as a human being, it is impossible to be unaffected by the harrowing, unnecessary loss of life, injury, sorrow and the continuing desperate and disturbing situation facing those that were residents of Grenfell Tower, Latimer Road West London.
It is impossible not to feel deep, profound shock and just stand by and not make the effort to help those who are innocent victims of a seemingly gross negligence. It is impossible not to commend the local community for their response of coming together to support those immediately affected by this tragedy at this time, and I am asking you to please help me raise funds to assist those who are suffering and their families.
The fire started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. More than 200 firefighters and officers attended the fire with 40 fire engines and a range of specialist vehicles were dispatched.
Crews were on the scene within just six minutes.
Today, the death toll was reached 30, with that number expected to rise as searches continue.
For me, culpability and accountability falls entirely on those responsible for providing secure, safe housing for those who live in public housing and the citizens/residents of the UK who are vulnerable. It is shameful.
There must be a dramatic change. Tonight, all of the people who lived in Grenfell Tower and survived have lost their homes and are displaced with uncertainty and suffering. Many traumatised are still in hospitals throughout the capital recovering from this tragedy.
Many are in a critical condition. And many men, women, and children have lost their lives as a direct result of this gross negligence. This disaster feels like it could have been undoubtedly avoided. It is unacceptable in this day and age that men, women, and children are not safe in their homes – homes that are provided by public/social housing – because those homes were not adequately maintained to a correct and appropriate standard. It is shameful.
Finally, he added:
My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and their loved ones. My thoughts are with the innocent families who are suffering – those who have lost their homes and possessions, their friends, families, relatives, children and their lives in a disaster which could have been avoided. People who now have literally nothing within a matter of hours due to what appears to be a man-made mistake and a gross act of negligence which demands a full public enquiry. Those found guilty to be held responsible and to account for gross and criminal negligence.
In the meantime, there are families and children in crisis that desperately need our help and support tonight, both now and ongoing. Please will you help them in any way you can. Every little helps. Thank you in advance.
He is not the only celebrity to be on board with the fundraising efforts for Grenfell Tower victims. Music mogul, Simon Cowell, revealed that he is organising for a host of stars to release a charity single – with proceeds going to the victims.
As the fire continued to burn through Wednesday morning and continued into Thursday, Jamie Oliver offered free food, drink and shelter to residents in his nearby restaurant.
Amazing efforts all round.