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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Family tribute leaves aunt distraught -  Grenfell Tower inquiry: Family tribute leaves aunt distraught  24 May 2018              Related Topics  Grenfell Tower fire                  Image copyright                  Grenfell InquiryImage caption                      Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin's aunt said she would continue "planning" her niece's life  The aunt of a three-year-old girl who died in the Grenfell Tower fire has broken down as she told the blaze inquiry how much she had been looking forward to seeing her niece grow up.  Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin died with her mother Amal Ahmedin 35 and father Mohamednur Tuccu 44.  Ms Ahmedin's sister Winta said she would "continue planning" Amaya's life.  "What she would be doing today tomorrow her 10th birthday her 18th her 21st and the rest of her life."  Who were the victims?  What can we expect from the inquiry?  Amaya and Amal were found next to each other in the lobby of the 23rd-floor lobby while the body of Mr Tuccu was found outside the building. Amna Mahmud Idris one of Amal's cousins also died on the night of 14 June last year while visiting the family.  Winta recalled sharing a bedroom with her sister when growing up and how Amal used to hold her tightly when she had bad dreams.  She told the public inquiry: "That's where they were when they were burned alive holding each other tight trying to squeeze the nightmare away."  She added: "To this day and the rest of my life I will never accept that they are gone and that I will never be able to see them again and I will never be able to feel their warmth their kind and loving hearts."  Another of Amal's sisters Feruza Afewerki said she "still hadn't been able to make sense of the senseless deaths of innocent and precious lives".  She told the hearing: "Those we grew up with who shared our fondest memories with celebrated and mourned have had their lives stolen from them while the whole of London watched."  Day-by-day: the inquiry so far  Day 1: Tribute to baby as Grenfell inquiry opens  Day 2: Families walk out as Grenfell video shown  Day 3: Victim's son 'prays for death' to join father in heaven  In a video tribute to the family Mr Tuccu's brother Ibrahim Toukou recalled their growing up in Eritrea and said his whole family were still unable to come to terms with their loss.                   Image copyright                  Grenfell Tower InquiryImage caption                      Mr Tuccu's brother paid tribute to the family in a video  He had not told his children of their relatives' deaths instead saying the trio had gone on a trip.  He stayed in contact with his security guard brother from his then home in Saudi Arabia over Facebook adding: "I used to dream of us being reunited I dreamed of us being together as brothers with our families and children.   "When I heard the news of the fire I was just praying they would be alive so we could have a chance to meet at least once as a family."  In a tribute to Eritrea-born Amna Mahmud Idris her husband Ibrahim said: "She was all my life... now I have lost the support. She would support me at all times."  He added: "She came to live with me in the UK in March 2016. After one year I lost her forever."  Sisters reunited  The five members of the Begum family were among the other people being remembered on the fourth day of the inquiry into the fire in North Kensington in which 72 people died.                   Image copyright                  Grenfell InquiryImage caption                      The Begum family lived on the 17th floor of Grenfell Tower  Kamru Miah 79 Rabeya Begum 64 Mohammed Hamid 27 Mohammed Hanif 26 and Husna Begum 22 were found on the 17th floor where they lived.  The sole remaining immediate family member Mohammed Hakim said in his tribute to his parents and siblings: "I can say with my hand on my heart that I am extremely proud of my family remaining close to each other in their last moments before passing away.  "I am even more proud as a brother that my siblings did not leave my parents behind even though they might have had the chance to escape."  At the inquiry  By Duncan Leatherdale BBC News  The families of those killed in Grenfell are very much at the heart of these hearings.  That was what the chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick wanted and so far he has been true to his word.  Every person who has wanted to speak has been allowed to do so entirely at their own pace.   Some who had said they did not want to pay tribute have having seen how the first three days unfolded decided they do want to take part for example the family of Victoria King and Alexandra Atala.  Some 10 or so relatives of the Tuccu family were on stage with all invited to speak four doing so.  One family earlier gave Sir Martin a painting of Grenfell Tower which sits on an easel at the front of the room. Today's gift was bread two Lebanese loaves.  One is for the hearing's ushers the other for Sir Martin himself and "if they are well behaved" he said for his team.  The day's proceedings opened with a written commemoration for Victoria King 71 and her daughter Alexandra Atala 40 made by Ms King's older sister Penny Pearce                   Image copyright                  Met PoliceImage caption                      Victoria King was reunited with her sister shortly before the fire  Ms Pearce said that she had lost touch with her sister in the years leading up to the tragedy but a short time beforehand had managed to trace Ms King with help from the Salvation Army.  Pictures of the two sisters as young girls were shown on screen at the inquiry as Ms Pearce's statement was read out saying: "The time we had back in touch meant a great deal. I wish it had been much longer."                   Image copyright                  Grenfell InquiryImage caption                      A childhood picture of Victoria King (right) and her sister was shown during the tribute  Speaking of her sister and niece who died on the 20th floor Ms Pearce added: "They were and are still together and that is what is most important.  "The fire is a tragedy for all of us."  The post Grenfell Tower inquiry: Family tribute leaves aunt distraught appeared first on BetterNews.info - news website.
Grenfell Tower lit green a year after fire -   14 June 2018              Related Topics  Grenfell Tower fire                  Image copyright                  PA  A year after the fire that killed 72 people Grenfell Tower has been illuminated to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.  Twelve other buildings across west London and Downing Street were illuminated at 00:54 BST the time a fire was reported in a flat last June.  A vigil took place at a church near the block where the victims' names were read out at 01:30 BST.  And a minute's silence will be observed nationally at midday.                   Image copyright                  PAImage caption                      Grenfell's surrounding tower blocks were also illuminated in the early hours of Thursday  Since the fire the tower has been covered in white sheeting with a heart featured on all four sides at the top of the block.   The anniversary comes as an inquiry into the fire continues its fact-finding stage.               Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionGrenfell Tower: Audio of first 999 call  During the inquiry the 999 call made by Behailu Kebede in whose kitchen the fire started was released.   Lawyer Rajiv Menon said "nasty lies" had been written about Mr Kebede - including claims he had carried out DIY on the fridge-freezer where it is thought the fire could have started.  Kensington and Chelsea Council said 52 households remained in temporary accommodation and 83 families are in permanent homes.  Member of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign group Yvette Williams said: "We want the nation to keep Grenfell in their consciousness.   "The anniversary is about love and support - the fight can start again on Friday and Saturday - and keeping that humanity going on that day."  Untold stories from the Grenfell Wall  By Sue Mitchell                   Image copyright                  AFP  The Grenfell Wall sprang up overnight.  Within hours hundreds of people had left messages of sympathy and support. Relatives of those missing brought favourite items teddies and photos.  Missing posters were plastered everywhere bearing the faces of those still unaccounted for and telephone numbers for anyone who might have information.  The wall is still there today in the shadow of the tower.  It provides a glimpse into the terrors that unfolded on 14 June 2017.  Read the full article here.  Clarrie Mendy who lost two members of her family to the fire organised a service at St Helen's church in north Kensington which begins at 11:00.  She said: "It's a service of healing community inclusivity and solidarity to know we are not alone.  "We'll be releasing 73 white doves. Why 73 instead of 72? One for the unknown.   "If there were more than 72 we will put one for the unknown."  At the service 400 white roses will be given for people to carry from the church to the tower.   The community will also congregate at the Grenfell wall - where messages to victims have been written -  at 19:00 to then walk to the tower in silence.  The post Grenfell Tower lit green a year after fire appeared first on BetterNews.info - news website.
Bereaved Grenfell families mark first anniversary of tragedy -  Today is the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster - 72 people died in the worst fire for a generation  Memorial events held at church in the shadow of the ill-fated tower and at 'wall of truth' at base of building  The block was last night lit green and wrapped with a giant banner saying: 'Grenfell forever in our hearts'  Hundreds of mourners marched in silence to remember the victims at the moment deadly blaze started  Britain will mark year anniversary of the fire with a minute's silence also observed by England team in Russia  By Martin Robinson Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline  Published: 06:28 EDT 14 June 2018 | Updated: 08:17 EDT 14 June 2018  Britain today fell silent to remember the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster on the first anniversary of the deadliest residential fire in Britain since the Blitz.  The devastated west London community has become a sea of green - the colour adopted as a symbol of grief and hope in the wake of the blaze - as mourners stood silent at midday for 72 seconds.  Faith and community leaders then released 73 doves into the North Kensington sky - one for every life lost on June 14 2017 and another for the victims they fear have never been identified.  The silence was observed by millions across the UK including the Queen who was dressed all in green and stood quietly next to Meghan Markle on their first royal engagement together in Cheshire.  Earlier victims' families embraced as they packed out St Helen's Church for a memorial service opened by a gospel choir singing Amazing Grace and ended with Bridge Over Troubled Water and Bill Withers' Lean on Me.  At midday 72 green balloons were released from the roof of Grenfell as large crowds gathered in its shadow to pray lay white roses and light candles to remember their loved-ones.  Bishop of Kensington Dr Graham Tomlin told the congregation at St Helen's Church - many wearing T-shirts bearing the faces of the dead - that the fire had changed Britain forever and will never be forgotten.  He said: 'I think today is a really important day for the whole nation to remember Grenfell. We could change a lot of things we could identify who was responsible we can make building regulation changes but unless we ask some more fundamental questions about the way we relate to each other in society and how we care for one another then we will just go back to the way we normally are.  'I think Grenfell is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ask some really deep questions about the way we live together the way we care for each other in society.'  An emotional woman appears to weep at a memorial service at St Helen's Church to mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire today while outside people held one another during the minute's silence for the 72 who lost their lives  The Queen wore green today and stood for the minute's silence alongside Meghan Markle for the minute's silence along with millions of others  Faith and community leaders then released 73 doves into the North Kensington sky - one for every life lost on June 14 2017 and another for the victims they fear have never been identified  London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark"/>  London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton and members of London Fire Brigade mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark  Two friends cling to each other as their community became a sea of green as they remembered the 72 dead while another was unable to contain her tears  Mourners stand in reverential silence for 72 seconds - one for every live lost in the Grenfell Tower fire  Families of people who lost loved ones laid white roses and lit candles at the wall of truth at the base of Grenfell  Two women clutching Grenfell symbols bearing the words love and justice embrace ahead of a moving service  Today marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the West London high-rise took hold of the building and engulfed it in flames  St Helen's Church was full today as the community in West London united to remember the 72 victims of the fire where one woman wiped away tears and looks to the heavens  The congregation listen during the memorial service this morning at St Helen's Church in North Kensington West London which was filled with prayer and song  The church in West London was decked out in green with ribbons tied round pillars and scarves on each seat  Bereaved families and local community members gathered at St Helen's Church in North Kensington for a memorial service  Poignant: Grenfell Tower (pictured centre) and neighbouring blocks illuminated green to mark one year since the disaster  Grenfell Tower other blocks of flats and London landmarks including Downing Street and Kensington Palace were all turned green overnight to mark the first anniversary of the horrifying fire.  England shows respect for Grenfell victims from Russia World Cup  By Shekhar Bhatia in Repino St Petersburg  England today held a one minute tribute to the Grenfell victims on the first anniversary of the disaster.  Led by coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane they bowed their head and remembered the 72 victims.  A staff member blew a whistle as the players stood in the centre circle of the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium.  A second whistle ended the tribute and the World Cup squad returned to their trading schedule.  One observer said: ' That was a great tribute and surprised a few of us.  'It was respectful and timely. Most of us are thinking of that tragedy today despite us being so far away from home.'  Bereft families then marched silently and tearfully through the streets to the base of the tower at 12.54am - the time of the first 999 call - and pinned photographs of dead loved-ones to the 'wall of truth'.  Above them the scorched 24-storey building shone bright green and was wrapped in a banner: 'Grenfell forever in our hearts'.  Today there will be a national minute's silence at Midday with the England's World Cup team becoming the first to take part at noon Russian time.  Outside St Helen's Church today giant green flowers cascaded across the path outside while green ribbons tied to the street's trees and fences fluttered in the breeze.  Clarrie Mendy who organised today's memorial service prayed to God that every soul that perished in the blaze would live on 'eternally in your golden paradise Heaven'.  After she spoke the names of the 72 lives claimed by the fire were read out.  Benches at the front of the church were reserved for families of those who died in the blaze including relatives of Ali Yawar Jafari Gary Maunders Steve Power Jessica Urbano-Ramirez Ligaya Moore and the Choucair family.  Ms Mendy said: 'Today we pray for all bereaved family members to further receive strength courage and faith to continue daily.'  She added: 'Help us to come to terms knowing that 72 angels ascended into your heavenly realm on the 14th of June 2017.'  The worst residential fire in Britain since the Second World War killed 72 but also displaced up to 200 families - with more than 100 of those still waiting for permanent new homes and scores still living out of suitcases in hotel rooms.  In the year since the fire a public inquiry has started to find out how and why the 24-storey block became a ball of flames 12 months ago today.  Housing chiefs and contractors must explain why it was wrapped in flammable cladding had new windows that fanned the flames and fire doors unable to withstand any major blaze and no sprinkler system to stop the blaze spreading.  Fire chiefs also face questions over why families were told to 'stay put' in their flats for almost two hours when one side of the tower was alight from top to bottom in just over ten minutes.  Kensington and Chelsea Council floundered leaving displaced survivors including the elderly and very young without money food clothes or a roof over their heads until charities community groups and churches stepped in magnificently.  But in the chaos this generosity was abused by a feckless minority with five people already convicted of pretending to be victims to grab 100000-plus in cash and free hotel accommodation and at least four more set to face trial this year.  Green balloons fly from the roof of Grenfell Tower as Britain fell silent in remembrance today  In the shadow of the tower huge crowds all wearing green stood at the wall of truth where they remembered the fallen  Mourners all wearing green stopped for the minute's silence in North Kensington but it was observed across the UK  A woman cries as she looks at the flowers and candles left for those whose lives were claimed a year ago today  The Duke of Kent (back left) and the Duchess of Kent (centre) arrive for the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence  Police officers wear green scarves to mark the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London  Prominent solicitor Imran Khan arrives for the Grenfell Tower anniversary wearing a green tie and pin badge  People arrive for the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence and mosaic unveiling at the base of the block today  Hundreds of people took part in a silent march on the tower shortly after midnight with tears streaming down the faces of mourners clutching photographs of their loved ones.  The crowd gathered at the foot of the tragic tower block for a poignant vigil and memorial service where the victim's names were all read aloud and pictures of them pinned to Grenfell 'wall of truth'.  One woman who asked to remain anonymous told MailOnline with tears in her eyes: 'This shouldn't have been able to happen. We shouldn't be here looking at this'.  Around the foot of Grenfell Tower a sound system and giant screen have been erected as preparations continue for a national minute's silence at midday.  A podium has been placed in front of the site perimeter where one year on a giant heart sign with 'Grenfell' written across the middle rests.  In the streets surrounding the site of the fire - which is now covered by scaffolding and banners - lampposts and zebra crossings are festooned with green material a colour which has become synonymous with the tragedy.  Commuters at nearby Latimer Road Tube station were also greeted on Thursday morning by a floral heart at the entrance.  Antonio Roncolato a former resident of the 10th floor of the west London high-rise block called for a day of reflection and support as the nation prepares to mark one year since the blaze.  Near the base of the ruined block in west Kensington on Thursday morning he said: 'Today is a very important day. We have to remember what has happened - I am very lucky and fortunate to be alive.  'My thoughts are all the time with people that are no longer with us but mainly with the families of those people because their wounds are very much open and very painful.  'Today is a time to reflect and to raise further awareness and make sure that the world is still listening because we don't want this to happen ever again'.  The England team in Russia for the World Cup stop for a minute's silence at Midday their time to show their respects for the Grenfell dead  A Tube train rushes past Grenfell Tower - wrapped up with a green heart - on the first anniversary of the fire  Hamid Ali Jafari places a picture of his father Ali Yawar Jafari on a wall of messages under the Westway Flyover in teh shadow of Grenfell  The Prime Minister left this note with some flowers left at Grenfell today. Mrs May has apologised this week for not speaking to victims at the time  Last night in a moving tribute a Tube driver stopped his train on a bridge to hold a green scarf to families who had gathered below to remember the dead.  The unnamed man blew his whistle and was cheered wildly as he paid respects to Grenfell's dead and those who mourn them.  Today's commemorations came after weeks of poignant and distressing evidence at the public inquiry into Britain's worst fire in recent memory.  First the families of all the 72 dead had the chance to speak for as long as they wanted to about their loved-ones and their lives so cruelly cut short.  Many sobbed as they described their final phone calls to them - with some waiting on the phone hearing the crackle of fire after their relatives had died.  Others told inspirational stories of how victims used their final moments to save and protect the elderly young and vulnerable as they were engulfed by fire.  Last week it emerged that fire chiefs chiefs could face criminal charges over the controversial 'stay put' advice it gave to Grenfell Tower residents during the inferno.  Scotland Yard is investigating senior commanders at the London Fire Brigade over potential breaches of health and safety laws by enforcing the stay put policy.  On the night of the blaze Grenfell residents were told to stay in their flats for almost two hours by the fire service even as flames spread to the top of the 24-storey building in just 12 minutes. One senior officer only changed the order after seeing the tower burning on Sky News.  Police are yet to arrest anyone over the blaze despite the tower being encased in dangerous cladding that accelerated the fire and new safety features that blatantly made the block a death trap.  One year on: Family and friends of the victims who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster walked the streets of Kensington this morning in tribute  Justice: Mourners gathered by the cordon surrounding the now covered up tower block to hear the names of the victims read aloud  Never forget: Noha Baghdady sister of Hesham Rahman who died in the fire described the last year as 'hell' and said she thought of her late brother every day  Thirteen sites across London including Downing Street (pictured) and Kensington Palace glowed green - the adopted colour of the Grenfell community - in a show of solidarity across capital's skyline  Paying tribute: Kensington Palace the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge illuminated its windows out of respect to the victim's who died  Disappointed: Tarek Gotti who lost six members of his family in the disaster said he was saddened and disappointed the memorial was interrupted by 'rude' members of the public  Sorrow: Relatives holding photographs of their loved ones laid white roses and teddy bears at the scene of a memorial  Last nigh the silent marchers found their voices as each announced the names of the deceased.  A picture of every victim was pinned to the 'wall of truth' - a section of the fencing around the base of the tower featuring messages and candles.  But the mood grew tense when a heated row erupted within the crowd. The outbreak interrupted the memorial and caused further anguish for a grieving family who decided to leave.  Speaking to MailOnline Tarek Gotti who lost six members of his family in the disaster said he was saddened and disappointed the memorial was interrupted.  The 42-year-old who lives a minute from the tower said: 'I just had enough and had to leave. It's rude and it's not fair that it was interrupted. This was supposed to be our time today to remember our loved ones. This is about everyone that died not just one person.'  He said: 'Nothing has changed here in a year. We as residents are traumatised. What we saw then was just rude. I am the one who has lost my family.'  Mr Gotti's message to the people who caused the disturbance was: 'Don't be selfish. We need to stay under one umbrella this shouldn't be all about one person or one group.'  Although now twelve months ago memories of the devastating night were fresh in the minds of those who witnessed the devastation.  Mr Gotti added: 'I live just around the corner but I hate coming back here it's devastating. I came to show my respects but it is really hard for me. I have to see the tower block every day.'  Farhiya Abdi 42 was one of the first to arrive at Grenfell from her home as the fire spread. She said: 'I saw everything from the start of that night and I couldn't sleep for three weeks.  'When I closed my eyes I would hear the screaming for help see the children's faces at the window again. I saw people jump to their death' she said earlier in the evening at a remembrance event on a closed-off nearby street.'  For relatives of the victims the last year has been long and hard as their fight for justice is at its infancy.  Noha Baghdady 42 spoke to MailOnline days after the fire last year and shortly after she discovered her eldest rother Hesham Rahman had died in the blaze.  Grief: Friends of victims wept as they marched silently to the base of the cordon surrounding Grenfell Tower  Silent march: The grieving community came together to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire  Bereaved family members of those who died in the diaster wore green and held pictures of their loved ones as they marched towards the tower  The 57-year-old diabetic lived on the 21st floor but was disabled. When he called 999 he was told to stay inside his flat. The last his family heard from him was on the morning of the fire when he told his mother he was running out of battery.  London goes green for Grenfell to mark one year since tragedy  Grenfell Tower and surrounding blocks lit up in green to mark a year since the moment the devastating fire took hold claiming 72 lives.  Battersea Fire Station Kensington Palace and Downing Street were among the buildings which turned green in a mark of solidarity across the West London skyline.  They were lit up at 00.54am on Thursday - the time off the first 999 call reporting the fire - until 5am. For the following four evenings they will be illuminated from 8pm until midnight.  The display is one of a series of commemorations and vigils taking place this week as the public inquiry takes a step back.  Speaking to MailOnline this morning one year on Mrs Baghdady said: 'Today is going to be a tough day. This gathering has been lovely and it's surprising as I didn't expect so many people to be here for us it's incredibly moving.'  Describing the past year she said: 'It has been absolute hell. Every single day I think of Grenfell. I sleep wake up  Grenfell. Whether it's fighting for justice writing reports for the inquiry or travelling it's very full on. It's all consuming but we will do what we have to do.I just hope the community spirit holds up.'  Last year the mother spoke to MailOnline two days after she discovered her brother lost his life in the fire.  Speaking at the time Mrs Baghdady spoke of how her brother was told repeatedly told to stay inside his flat on the 22nd floor by the authorities- and because of his disability he was unable to leave.  Mrs Baghdady said: 'I miss my brother terribly. He should be here right now. The fact he isn't for something so silly means we are in so much pain. I have been sentenced to live in pain for the rest of my life and I will suffer until my dying day. It's not fair.'  Looking to the future she said: 'At the moment our focus is to make sure no other tower blocks have the same cladding but there are still people sleeping tonight in towers like Grenfell. Another disaster can happen we need to stop it immediately otherwise there will be other families out there like us losing their loved ones.  London will glow green for four nights to mark the one-year anniversary since the disaster"/>  Including Grenfell itself a total of thirteen towers through London will glow green for four nights to mark the one-year anniversary since the disaster  Community: Mourners wearing the colours and t-shirts which have come to represent the campaigning efforts following the tragedy were silent as the victim's names were read aloud  Tears: Many were crying as they held pictures of friends and family who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze one year ago  'We are never going to get our people back so our fight now is to make sure this never happens again. We want our voices to be heard and hopefully people will listen.'  Mrs Baghdady was one of the families to be invited to Downing Street to meet Theresa May earlier this week.  The Prime Minster was heavily criticised last year for taking too long to meet survivors and community leaders. She this week apologised and admitted she was wrong.  For Mrs Baghdady she said it is time to give Mrs May a chance. She described Downing Street as 'very posh' and said they were served champagne and fed while Theresa listened to their individual stories. 'She's trying to make up for last year we have to give her credit for inviting us. Hopefully she will take seriously what we've been saying' she said.  The Prime Minster then planted bulbs with the children caught up in the tragedy in the garden to serve as a memorial.  Mrs Baghdady said her one wish is that other tower blocks in the UK with cladding are removed immediately and she hopes having met the Prime Minister that these concerns are addressed.  Organisers unveiled banners and t-shirts emblazoned with slogans demanding justice one of several such events taking place.  Nearly everybody wore a green scarf - the adopted colour of the tragedy - while the tower was illuminated in green along with Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office.  Striking: Grenfell Tower will be illuminated each night for the next four evenings  Relatives survivors and friends of victims of the Grenfell tower fire walk to the tower to hold a vigil one year after the fire  She told how on the night of the tragedy she had waved goodbye to a friend at midnight before returning to her Notting Hill home just a stones throw away. She woke up the next morning to learn the devastating news.  Twelve months on she said this evening she felt 'compelled' to return to the site.  Nineteen-year-old student Morgan Tanawa-Bamba said he felt he had to visit too. 'I live just up the road. It feels very surreal seeing it lit up knowing at some point it's going to get raised to the ground.  The Kensington teenager added: 'It is bittersweet. You're never going to forget the people who died there and tonight with it covered up you can almost imagine they are still alive inside there and are safe.'  Speaking about the council's role in the disaster he said: 'It's all about money. It couldn't get any worse than what happened. People predicted what would happen but the council didn't listen. It's just an utter utter tragedy.'  Earlier this week May told parliament on Wednesday that the 'unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds'.  For the local community they have had little choice during a traumatic and frustrating past 12 months.  'I thought time would've healed us but time hasn't done anything' said Chris Imafidon 50 who knew six different families bereaved by the blaze through a local education charity he works for.  'This is reviving the memories of that night because we're all out on the street again - I see the same faces' he added surveying the other locals who had turned out in remembrance.  Among the attendees were former tower residents Marcio and Andreia Gomes whose son was stillborn hours after the fire and local firefighters who responded that night.  On a row of tables stretching at least 50 metres down the road more than 100 community members shared a meal of Mediterranean food - dubbed an iftar for Muslim residents breaking their fasts during Ramadan.  A house close to Grenfell Tower is lit up in bright green light tonight as a community comes together to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy  Grenfell Tower is seen covered and illuminated with green light one year after the tower fire in London. A further 12 blocks will also glow green tonight as part of the commemorations  A man looks on at Grenfell Tower which has now been covered and illuminated in green light as a tribute to the 72 residents who lost their lives a year ago tonight  Grenfell Tower is now clad in a white covering and with a huge banner draped around the upper floors reading: 'GRENFELL FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS'  The commemorations will continue today with church services special prayers at a local mosque wreath-laying and the unveiling of a community mosaic.  A silent walk will also be held - similar to the ones that take place on the 14th of every month - while banners in memory of the victims have been unfurled over the top four floors of the tower.  The fire started through a faulty fridge in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat in the 24-storey tower.  Relatives of those who died have recently provided heart-rending testimony about their loved ones' final moments at the beginning of a public inquiry into the fire reminding Britons of the shocking scale of the tragedy.  Despite the support residents argue the wealthy borough's authorities have neglected the less affluent northern section home to Grenfell and surrounding public housing.  They also blame the fire's spread on cladding installed during a recent refurbishment while the fire service has come under the spotlight over its advice for residents to stay put.  A survey released Wednesday by ITV found 98 percent of relatives and survivors worried the policy remains while 87 percent have no faith in the government.  But at the evening remembrance events last night the overriding sentiment was solidarity.  'We're trying to see how we can heal together' said Imafidon. 'It's difficult.'  A woman poses with her freshly printed 'Justice For Grenfell' t-shirt  One year on: Grenfell Tower went up in flames in the early hours of June 14 2017  A public inquiry into the tragedy has been pause this week as tributes take place.  The probe also heard heart-breaking tributes from those who lost loved ones in the devastating inferno last year.  JustGiving keeps 200000 from Grenfell Tower donations  JustGiving has been slammed after keeping hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations for the Grenfell Tower victims.  The company which takes five per cent of all donations has refused to offer up a cut of the donations.  Labour MP John Spellar told The Sun: 'I understand that they need to cover their costs. But they should also recognise that making a significant profit isn't why people give their money to charity and they should see sense and cough up.'  Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick was visibly moved during hearings which have now moved on to a fact-finding stage.  Speaking in the Commons yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May said the 'unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds'.  She added: 'We are doing everything that we can to see that the survivors of Grenfell get the homes and support that they need and the truth and justice that they deserve.'  In a statement Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: 'The terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower remains very real raw and painful for many people every day. My thoughts and those of all us in Met are with all those who died the loved ones left behind and all those who survived the fire that night.  'The continued resilience and sense of spirit shown by the community at the heart of this tragedy is inspiring. Many of us will take time today - one year on - to think back and remember.  'Met officers and staff continue to work very hard to progress our ongoing investigation to assist the public inquiry and provide support to families.'  Over the next 24 hours community leaders have organised a number of events to remember the victims of the fire.  Every hour overnight the Lord's prayer will be repeated by clerics from local churches and at 1.30am the time at which the fire took hold the names of the 72 victims will be read aloud.  Some 72 white roses will be laid out the along with 72 teddy bears.  A man gazes up towards the tower which a year ago tonight was the scene of Britain's worst peace-time disaster since the end of World War II  Grenfell Tower is seen shrouded by scaffolding and covers one year after the tower fire  Hoardings in support of the victims of the Grenfell fire cover Grenfell Tower near Ladbroke Grove west London  The Queen's tribute to Grenfell: Her Majesty observes silence for 72 victims as social media praises her for wearing green on anniversary of fire  The Queen was today praised for wearing 'green for Grenfell' as she and Meghan Markle joined mourners in a 72-second silence for every victim of the blaze.  Her Majesty known for her signature bright block colours and matching hats wore a spring green coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.  She and the Duchess of Sussex were on a visit to Chester as they observed the silence to remember the fatal fire which claimed 72 lives in West London.  The Queen was applauded on social media for her choice of outfit with one Twitter user saying 'it can't be a coincidence' and another describing her as a 'class act'.  The Queen was praised for wearing 'green for Grenfell' as she and her new granddaughter-in-law joined mourners in a 72-second silence for every victim of the blaze  The Queen was praised for wearing 'green for Grenfell' as she and her new granddaughter-in-law joined mourners in a 72-second silence for every victim of the blaze  Another said: 'The Duchess of Sussex looks so beautiful and immaculate as always. The Queen... so regal. I think her green outfit could well be a tribute to Grenfell.'  A further Twitter user posted: 'Just noticed the during the 72-second silence that the Queen was wearing Grenfell green. I wonder if that was by accident or design?'  The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also observed the silence at a civic reception at Cork City Hall today during their tour of the Republic of Ireland.  In West London at midday silence fell over the streets surrounding Grenfell Tower as survivors and bereaved relatives led the national minute's silence.  Those touched by the tragedy which claimed 72 lives gathered near the foot of the block today to pay their respects at a ceremony which was closed to the public.  Many arrived dressed in green the colour that has come to symbolise the horror of June 14 last year and the silence was observed across the country.  In Cheshire the Queen carried her black Launer handbag and was wearing neutral gloves along with her trusty black patent Anello & Davide low block heels.  Meghan meanwhile wore a neutral fitted belted pencil dress by Givenchy featuring an unusual cape shoulder detail and had her hair down.  The monarch and her new granddaughter-in-law had arrived by train at Runcorn station to begin their trip to Cheshire before heading for the Mersey Gateway Bridge.  Final Grenfell victim died because of failing of the system widower claims  Pily Burton died seven months after the fire (PA)  A Grenfell Tower survivor whose wife is considered the 72nd victim of the fire has claimed authorities missed vital warning signs about her deteriorating health.  Nicholas Burton 50 mourned the loss of his wife of more than 30 years Maria del Pilar Burton seven months after they were rescued from their 19th floor flat in the west London block.  The former catering manager who was a leaseholder in the building said the displacement caused his 74-year-old partner a dementia sufferer known as Pily great distress and confusion.  She suffered a stroke at a care home in the first few days of 2018 and never recovered dying on January 29.  In his first detailed interview since her death Mr Burton claimed his wife 'passed because of the failing of the system' adding: 'She didn't pass because it was her time.'  He described Pily as Grenfell's 72nd victim because the couple were 'never reunited' after they escaped the inferno.  Mr Burton told the Press Association: 'It's now five months since my wife passed on and I'm still waiting for answers from the people I've asked these questions of nothing has come from that.'  The widower stressed Pily's death was not the 'fault' of the care home instead expressing frustration at the doctors and mental health services who assessed her.  Mr Burton gave a moving tribute to his wife at the public inquiry into the fire (Dominic Lipinski/PA)  He continued: 'With all the problems I was highlighting to them they the powers-that-be didn't act on it.  'I could see exactly what was happening but their protocol was 'we know best' even though I had seen that every day she was falling over every day she was having a different problem every day she was distraught every day she was having a different breakdown every day she doesn't know where is on the street and every night I'm having to deal with my wife. But no action. I sit down with them  'we know best don't worry'.  He declined to give precise details about the failings in the care of his wife.  The path to Pily becoming known as the 72nd victim of the Grenfell Tower fire a title now acknowledged by the inquiry into the blaze progressed gradually following her death.  Last month Mr Burton gave a moving tribute to her at the probe's commemoration hearings alongside relatives for dozens of other victims.  'I said she was like 71-plus-one because it is hard to encroach on the bereaved families and add somebody on' he said.  'The bereaved families took it upon themselves to support me saying 'Nick you're one of us' and the inquiry understood that Pily is part of the Grenfell tragedy.  'My wife never came out and we were never reunited from the day she went into hospital.  'She never came out and into my care or anything else she went from one hospital to another hospital to a care home.  'She didn't have her own life and because of the failings of the system again that was why she passed.  'She didn't pass because it was her time. She passed because of the failing of the system their inaction to support and look after and make a plan.'  People queue to get a screen-printed t-shirt reading 'Justice 4 Grenfell' near the Grenfell Tower  Messages of condolence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are pictured on a fence near to the burned-out shell of Grenfell Tower block in west London yesterday  Grieving relatives reveal human toll of Grenfell Tower  Sixty-nine victims were remembered during seven harrowing days of commemorations as the inquiry into the disaster opened at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel.  Each one somebody's father mother brother sister relative friend or neighbour they ranged in age from an unborn baby to an 84-year-old woman.  The families and friends of three victims Marco Gottardi flat 202 Abdeslam Sebbar flat 81 and Sheila flat 137 chose not to publicly commemorate their loved ones.  Here are the people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire in the order they were remembered by their family and friends:   Logan Gomes (floor 21)  Logan Gomes was stillborn in hospital after his mother Andreia escaped from the 21st floor with her husband and two young girls.  His mother and father gave an emotional tribute to their 'beautiful sleeping angel' sharing images of them cradling the newborn whose due date was in August.  His father Marcio Gomes said through tears: 'He might not be here physically but he will always be here in our hearts and will be forever. I know he's here with God right next to me giving me strength and courage to take this forward.'   Denis Murphy (floor 14)  Father-of-one Denis Murphy 56 was described as the 'lynchpin' of his family whose 'cheeky smile' was hard to forget.  His sister Anne-Marie recalled during her tribute how Mr Murphy had once joined the Unite bus union to the bafflement of his family as he could not drive a car 'let alone a bus'.  Denis Murphy  'The reason is that he wanted to be a part of the campaign to make his voice and the voice of the community in Grenfell Tower heard.'   Mohamed Amied Neda (floor 23)  Mohamed Amied Neda 57 lived on the top floor of the block and died from injuries consistent with a fall.  Known as Saber he had fled the Taliban in Afghanistan to find a new home in Britain with his wife Flora and son Farhad moving into Grenfell Tower in 1999.  His final recorded words  left for family members on the night of the fire  were played during one of the inquiry's more harrowing moments and were: 'Goodbye we are leaving this world now goodbye. I hope I haven't disappointed you. Goodbye to all.'   Joseph Daniels  Little was disclosed about Joseph Daniels during a presentation on the first day of the inquiry as his son Samuel spoke for only seconds.  The 69-year-old moved to Grenfell Tower in 1982.  Samuel requested no applause before saying: 'The events of that night took his life and all traces of his existence from this world. He stood no chance of getting out and this should never have happened.'   Mary Mendy and Khadija Saye (floor 20)  Mary Mendy was remembered in presentations across two days during which it was heard she had moved to the UK from Gambia west Africa in the 1980s.  The 54-year-old died in Grenfell Tower with her daughter Khadija Saye having moved there in 1993.  A statement by her niece Marion Telfer read at the inquiry said: 'She was warm and kind she welcomed everyone into her home. Grenfell Tower was a place all her family and friends could find shelter if they ever needed it.'  Mary Mendy and Khadija Saye  One of the fire's most high-profile victims Khadija Saye 24 died when she was on the cusp of a major career breakthrough.  Her friend David Lammy MP for Tottenham was among those on stage during her commemoration which featured a snippet from the BBC documentary she had been due to appear in following her as she launched a photography exhibition in Venice.  Her father Mohammadou Saye said in a statement read by his solicitor: 'Khadija said to me one day: 'Daddy I'm in love with images'  it was this passion that Khadija pursued to the end because it gave her great satisfaction and brough her some joy and happiness.   Debbie Lamprell (floor 19)  The 45-year-old Debbie Lamprell who worked front of house at Opera Holland Park (OHP) was described as always having a smile on her face and living a 'happy and fulfilled' life.  In a statement her mother Miriam said: 'She really loved her work she was really really happy with her life.  Where the victims were found  'You rarely saw my Debbie without a smile. People took to Debbie because she was a friendly easy person.'   Maria del Pilar Burton (floor 19)  Maria del Pilar Burton is now considered the 72nd victim of the fire despite dying in January after experiencing a stroke.  The 74-year-old known as Pily suffered from dementia a condition which worsened badly after the disaster and meant she never left hospital her husband Nicholas Burton said.  Her vibrancy and passion for cooking fashion and dancing were among the qualities remembered by Mr Burton during the inquiry who said: 'She was a unique beautiful exceptional person until this tragedy had taken it away.  'It took away her dignity and everything we had in this world. And let me tell you no matter what indignities my wife had to suffer my Pily was perfect.'   Rania Ibrahim Fethia Hassan Hania Hassan (floor 23)  Mother Rania Ibrahim died alongside her two young children Fethia a four-year-old known as 'Fou Fou' and Hania three.  The 31-year-old live-streamed the scene of the blaze to friends and family on social media who watched helplessly as her flat became clogged with smoke.  Her husband Hassan Awadh Hassan who was in Egypt at the time told the inquiry: 'I'm not just standing here crying because my wife is gone. My wife and my kids are very lucky. Because the way it's going I wish if I go like them. I wait for my day.'   Choucair family  Three generations of the Choucair family who lived in two flats on the 22nd floor were wiped out by the blaze.  Nadia 33 her husband Bassem Choukair 40 their three children Mierna 13 Fatima 11 and Zainab three died along with their grandmother Sirria 60.  Hisam Choucair brother of Nadia and the son of Sirria told the room: 'In one night I have lost half of my family. I feel like a stranger now. It has destroyed everything. I feel like part of me has been taken away.'  The Choucair family  The inquiry heard how Sirria was particularly close to her granddaughter Zainab who she looked after while Nadia worked as a school teacher.  Mr Choucair's sister Nadia was a 'fighter' who knew her mind and would always stand up for her rights like their mother he said.  Her husband Bassem was an 'excellent father kind loving considerate' who was an 'incredibly conscientious' supervisor at Marks and Spencer.  Eleven-year-old Fatima was described as a gifted gymnast while Mierna 13 loved sports and drawing and could not choose whether to become a doctor or lawyer.   Hesham Rahman  Hesham Rahman 57 died in his flat on the top floor of Grenfell Tower.  During a tribute to him a moving video montage was played closing with Omar his infant relative saying: 'We would do so many things together. Those things have sadly come to end.'  His nephew Karim Mussilhy read a poem he had written in February 2016: 'My will for who will remember me one day.  'Remember my presence before my departure. To see a smile on your face when I'm gone a prayer from your heart.  'No tears or sadness near my grave.  'If we shared a memory that's in your heart always remember it with a smile.  'For who will remember me one day remember my presence before my departure.'   Anthony Disson  Anthony Disson known as Tony was hailed as a doting grandfather who encouraged his children's passion for boxing.  The 65-year-old was remembered by his family at the inquiry including son Alfie who said he had named his baby girl after him.  He said in a video recorded message: 'If he was here now he'd be over the moon at what we called her.'   Zainab Deen and Jeremiah Deen (floor 14)  Mother Zainab Deen 32 died in Grenfell Tower alongside her young son Jeremiah.  She had moved to the UK when she was just 16 and had once dreamed of becoming a pop star.  Her family said she was a 'beautiful smart warm caring and a confident and outgoing young woman' with a 'lively personality' and 'great sense of humour'.  Zainab Deen  One of the youngest victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy Jeremiah Deen two was said to be 'loving full of life liked playing football and loved exploring and adventuring'.  He was found at his mother's side on the 14th floor of the block.  He had attended the Clare Garden nursery until his 'sweet life was cut short' in the June 14 blaze his family said adding: 'We cannot dwell on the sadness or keep asking the question 'why this happened to our family'. Neither will we find a reason why such a handsome and cheerful boy was taken from us at the age of two.   Ali Yawar Jafari (floor 11)  The 82-year-old was fondly remembered by his family as an animal-lover who once waited for three days to free a pigeon whose legs were trapped in twine.  The grandfather who was pulled from Grenfell Tower by firefighters after losing contact with his family was described as a 'kind man and husband' who loved travelling.  His son Hamid Ali Jafari said in a video tribute: 'I think the happiest moment he had was when my son was born because he was attached to him a lot.  'Both of them were connected to each other so sometimes when I see my son I feel like my dad's soul came in my son.'   Gary Maunders (floor 19)  Gary Maunders 57 was remembered at the inquiry as an avid Manchester United fan who swapped the football for the paintbrush when a top-level career failed to materialise.  He was found in his top-floor flat in Grenfell Tower  and buried in the kit of the football team he cherished.  Ms Pumar the mother of his two youngest children said: 'The loss of their father his love and presence in their life has been devastating for our children. They miss their dad more than words can describe and have been left with a huge part of their lives missing.'   Majorie Vital and Ernie Vital (floor 19)  Mother and son Majorie Vital 68 and Ernie 50 lived on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower.  Their bodies were so badly burnt in the fire they had moulded together her surviving son whose name was not given said in a film sh  The post Bereaved Grenfell families mark first anniversary of tragedy appeared first on BetterNews.info - news website.
Today we remember Tessa Jowell former Labour cabinet minister who passed away a few weeks ago on 12th May after her battle from brain cancer. We met with Tessa a few years back to discuss her Sure Start programme and the positive affect it had on low-income families to ensure their children had the best start in life. Tessa was very passionate about social dignity and was well loved in Parliament. We also remember the victims of the Manchester attack and Grenfell Towers. Last year was horrific but this year is filled with light. You will always be remembered. . . . #bossdiplomat #boss #diplomat #diplomacy #inspiration #motivation #business #entrepreneur #dedication #grassrootdiplomat #london #ceolife #foreignaffairs #strong #career #focus #leaders #internationalrelations #nextgendiplomat #tessajowell #parliament #grenfelltower #manchester
Photo shoot celebrates Grenfell and arena bomb volunteers -  Photo shoot celebrates Grenfell and arena bomb volunteers  5 May 2018              Related Topics  Manchester Arena attack                  Image copyright                  RankinImage caption                      Photographer Rankin said he hoped his shots of the volunteers captured how the "power of community shone through"  A photo shoot by portrait and fashion photographer Rankin is celebrating the volunteers who helped after the Manchester bombing and Grenfell fire.  The high rise blaze in London and the terror attack saw the largest Red Cross humanitarian responses in the United Kingdom since World War Two.  The images have been released to mark Red Cross week which begins on Sunday.  More than 1000 Red Cross volunteers worked in Manchester and London in the aftermath of the tragedies.  Rankin said he hoped his shots of the volunteers captured how the "power of community shone through" following the horrific events in both cities.  'Lasting impact'  On both occasions Red Cross volunteers provided first aid at the scene helped bereaved people and those searching searching for missing loved ones and sorted through items donated by the public.   Zoë Abrams Executive Director at the British Red Cross said: "The horrific events in Manchester and London last summer were truly shocking for our nation. But even during these most terrible of times we also saw the extraordinary power of human kindness."  Julia Reason 57 from Warrington who volunteered in both London and Manchester said: "The events of last year have had a lasting impact on me."  Marilisa Casturà 44 who travelled from Norwich to London in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire to support affected families said: "The sense of community that I felt at Grenfell was like nothing that I'd ever experienced anywhere else."  Twenty-two people died on 22 May when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Ariana Gande at the Manchester Arena while 71 people died in the west London tower block on 14 June.  BetterNews.info-   news website  The post Photo shoot celebrates Grenfell and arena bomb volunteers appeared first on BetterNews.info - news website.
Grenfell Tower doors resisted fire for half the time expected -  Grenfell Tower doors 'resisted fire for half the time expected'                                                                                                15 March 2018                                                                                 Related Topics  Grenfell Tower fire                                    Image copyright                  ReutersImage caption                                      The test on the flat was part of an investigation into the fire in west London on 14 June                                A door from Grenfell Tower could only hold back a fire for half the time it had been designed to a police investigation has found.  Experts said the flat door was supposed to resist fire for 30 minutes but only lasted 15 minutes.  The test was part of the Met Police investigation into the fire in west London on 14 June which killed 71 people.  Kensington and Chelsea Council said the test results are "inconclusive".  Natasha Elcock a survivor from the tower and a representative of the bereaved and survivors' group Grenfell United said it is "time people lives are taken more seriously and that includes everyone from every walk of life".  She added: "It's shocking  first the cladding and insulation then the doors. Who knows what else is putting peoples lives at risk?   "The government should have improved regulations after previous fires. We can't listen to any more excuses.  "Nothing can bring our loved ones back but we must make sure a fire like this never happens again."  Image caption                                      Seventy-one people were killed in the blaze                                A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesman confirmed three doors were tested and provided "less protection than guidelines recommend" but said test results are "as yet inconclusive".  He added that the government must give "clear advice" so that residents across the country can understand any safety implications.  "We understand this news will be of particular concern to residents in this borough which is why we are urging the government to move as quickly as it can to give us clarity" he said.  The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said Housing Secretary Sajid Javid is due to make a statement on the subject in Parliament later this morning.  Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims?  Visual guide to the Grenfell Tower fire  What happened at Grenfell Tower?  In a letter sent to families who live in the tower Matt Bonner a senior investigating officer from the Met Police said: "Independent experts have advised that the risk to public safety is low and that evidence from the suspected issue does not change this assessment."  The force said the forensic examination and testing phase is ongoing so it did not want to comment on the potential impact "any test result may have on the overall criminal investigation".  The information has been given to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government "so that they are able to take any action required" the Met added.  A second procedural hearing of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick will take place on 21 and 22 March to review its progress.   The post Grenfell Tower doors resisted fire for half the time expected appeared first on BetterNews.info - news website.
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Love and thoughts to all of those families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire and those compassionate souls who have been supporting them this past year. What you are all going through is unimaginable. It breaks my heart.  For those of you that dont know a year ago 72 died and hundreds more had their lives ripped apart in a tower block fire a year ago today.  Many families are still living in hotels. So many are having to come to terms with their losses and relive the traumatic experiences as the inquest takes place.  Its a desperate situation we feel very deeply about. In a couple of weeks my amazing daughter and her best friend @henrymmusic will be organising a benefit concert I our local village hall to raise funds for the children affected.  London charity @solidaritysports lost three of their children in the fire Firdaws Yahya and Yaqub. Firdaws last wish was to go to Disneyland and last year Solidarity Sports took 16 survivors of the fire in her memory.  The Hashim Family Legacy honours the memory of the family and aims to create some good out of this tragedy.  Please if you have a moment would you consider supporting this cause? These children need fun and positivity and whatever we can do in whatever small way has to help.  Theres a link in my profile to a fundraising page where you can donate (and gift aid if you are a uk taxpayer) to this incredibly worthwhile cause.  Youll find more on my stories from Ellie Henry and I about what they are doing any why we want to support the charity.  Thank you