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Tue 19th September, 2017
 

Grenfell tower victims receive royal visit from Charles – thanks ‘amazing’ volunteers for their help

Yesterday, The Prince of Wales visited a relief centre, in which families affected by the Grenfell tower fire are being looked after, also thanking the volunteers for their work.

Prince Charles took the time to view the thousands of tributes laid in memory of the victims of the tower block blaze, which killed at least 76 people, before meeting community and charity volunteers. He described them as ‘amazing’ and their work, ‘fantastic’.

His visit comes days after his mother, The Queen, and son, The Duke of Cambridge, visited the Westway Sports Centre in White City to show their support in the tragic time.

The heir to the throne was seen hugging a number of people whose homes were destroyed and lost loved ones in the fire. One woman struggled to hold back the tears as she spoke to Charles, and the Prince took the hand of a man who said he had lost his family.

“It’s definitely a boost,” to have the Royal visit, said¬†Isabelle Alajooz, a volunteer for homelessness charity Shelter.

Charles, who is the president of the British Red Cross which has been assisting the victims, has made an undisclosed donation to the relief effort. Prince William, Catherine and Harry also did the same.

The Prince also posed for photos with those staying at the centre.

Ian Gray, senior emergency response officer for the south-east of England, said The Prince of Wales was ‘very humbled’ by the stories he heard.

“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,” said Mr Gray of Charles’ visit. “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.”

The Prince of Wales visited Manchester Arena on Monday, to thank the emergency services for their work in the terrorist attack.

Later that afternoon, Charles attended his godmother’s funeral, The Countess of Mountbatten of Burma.

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