Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, says: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck the residents of Grenfell Tower, London, and their families, friends and the wider community.
“The DEC is a registered UK charity that coordinates fundraising appeals in response to large-scale humanitarian crises in developing countries. Money raised from DEC appeals involving all 13 of our member charities is used to provide essentials such as food, water and shelter during crises in countries where states are no longer able to support their citizens.
“Our charitable aims therefore limit us to responding to acute humanitarian suffering overseas, but we stand ready to provide any advice or assistance to those coordinating appeals in response to this UK disaster. A number of DEC member charities with domestic operations, including British Red Cross and Islamic Relief UK, are responding to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
“We have first-hand knowledge of the magnitude of the UK public’s generosity and willingness to help those in great need, and encourage those members of the UK public who wish to help alleviate the suffering of those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster to donate to the British Red Cross’s London Fire Relief Fund: http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/About-us/News/2017/June/London-Fire-Relief-Fund
“It is heartening to see companies, public figures and others providing financial support to help those affected by this disaster as they so generously do in response to humanitarian crises around the world.”