JustGiving has confirmed Tom Hardy has set up a fundraising page for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 30 residents and left hundreds homeless.
The actor is raising money for the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which is working with local charities to support those in the community affected by the high-rise blaze. At the time of writing, Hardy’s fund had already raised over £11,000 of his £15,000 target, bringing the total amount raised on JustGiving for victims and their families to £2.8million on Friday morning.
The star’s fundraising campaign comes after he set up an emergency fund for victims of the Manchester attack. So far, it has raised over £38,000 for the British Red Cross.
In a message on his Grenfell Tower JustGiving page, Hardy shared his sorrow and paid tribute to the show of unity in north Kensington, where shelters have been set up in local community centres for the people involved in the tragedy.
“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.”
He called on others to do what they can to help the victims and said his “thoughts are with the innocent families who are suffering” from the atrocity, which he described as a “man-made mistake”.
“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,” Hardy added. “Those found guilty to be held responsible and to account for gross and criminal negligence.”
On Friday, the Metropolitan People confirmed that 30 people had died in the fire that raced through the high-rise apartment building early on Wednesday. Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy warned that the figure is likely to rise further and fire chiefs have said they do not expect to find any more survivors.
To support the JustGiving appeals for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, visit this crowdfunding page.>