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Harry meets British Red Cross volunteers who help sort Grenfell donations

Harry spent around 50 minutes chatting to workers who are based at a Royal Mail site in Greenford.

Prince Harry has made a private visit to British Red Cross volunteers helping to sort through the large number of donations made to the victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire.

Harry spent around 50 minutes chatting to workers who are based at a Royal Mail site in Greenford, north-west London, and to Royal Mail staff who have facilitated the operation with the charity.

A devastating fire ripped through the 24-storey building in west London on June 14, killing at least 80 people.

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Donations have helped raise £3.2million for the Grenfell Tower victims (David Mirzoeff/PA)

The royal visit came as the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu joined family and friends attending a church memorial for five residents of the tower who died in the inferno.

The service at St Helen’s Church in north Kensington was little more than half a mile from the scene of the disaster.

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The Archbishop of York John Sentamu (fourth left) and speakers at St Helen's Church (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Prince Harry wanted to visit the volunteers who have given many hours of their time to help sort through the huge number of donations made to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“His Royal Highness was moved to hear how generous the public and businesses have been in donating all kinds of items to those affected; he thanked the teams from the British Red Cross and the Royal Mail who have worked tirelessly to sort through the donations.”

The charity said on its website excess donations were being sold in its high-street shops with the money raised going to its London Fire Relief Fund, which so far has raised more than £3.2 million.

Harry’s meeting with volunteers follows other royal visits to recognise the work of emergency services and other bodies and the plight of the survivors.

A few days after the blaze the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited a local sports centre to meet volunteers, local residents, community representatives and emergency service personnel. The Prince of Wales has also made a similar visit.

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