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Charles meets Grenfell Tower survivors and hails ‘fantastic’ volunteers

The Prince of Wales spoke to survivors of the devastating blaze which claimed at least 79 lives.

The Prince of Wales praised volunteers for their “fantastic” work as he visited a relief centre helping survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Charles looked at the thousands of tributes laid in memory of the victims of the tower block blaze, before meeting community and charity volunteers.

Members of the public flocked towards the Prince as he gazed at the hundreds of bouquets, filming him on their phones and asking for selfies.

The Prince of Wales meets Mohammed Hakim who lost his family in the blaze and Farhana Hussain (Philip Toscano/PA)

One woman shouted “Thank you very much, I’m so impressed” as he shook hands with various onlookers, later posing for photos with some of them.

As he met separate groups of volunteers outside and within the assistance centre at Westway Sports Centre, near the charred north Kensington tower block, Charles thanked them repeatedly for their “fantastic” and “amazing” work.

Isabelle Alajooz, a 28-year-old volunteer for homelessness charity Shelter, said: “We told him the work we were doing was for the victims of the tower and he wanted to know how they had been immediately housed and assisted by everyone.”

The Prince of Wales meets Red Cross volunteer Carl Chant (Philip Toscano/PA_

“It’s definitely a boost,” she said, when asked what it meant to have members of the Royal Family visit the centre.

A volunteer for the British Red Cross, who was responsible for looking after other volunteers’ welfare said of the brief exchange: “He was saying the work was fantastic so we were speaking about that.”

Charles also met some of the survivors of the deadly fire, holding the hand of a man who said he had lost his family in the blaze, while another woman fought back tears after chatting with the Prince.


From Belfast Telegraph