Generous Westonians give Grenfell Tower survivors a break in ‘paradise’

PUBLISHED: 10:51 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 16 August 2017

The Grenfell Tower survivors in Weston-super-Mare.

The Grenfell Tower survivors in Weston-super-Mare.

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Weston-super-Mare was ‘paradise’ for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who were given a free trip to the town with the help of generous businesses.

The survivors visited the Grand Pier. Picture: James Walters.The survivors visited the Grand Pier. Picture: James Walters.

At least 80 people died in the horrific blaze in London in June, and many of the families are still living in hotels.

The charity Growing Futures invited 60 children and their parents and guardians to Weston at the weekend where they could run around and relax.

Organiser Desmond Brown said: “It was amazing. When people heard where they were from, everyone said ‘that’s free, don’t worry about that’. People were very responsive and everyone wanted to help.

They went to the Sand Sculpture Festival.They went to the Sand Sculpture Festival.

“Some of the children had never seen the beach before and they all said it was the best holiday ever, even though it was just the afternoon.

“The older children ran as far out as they could and that was great therapy for them to scream and shout, because in the city you can’t make that much noise. They loved it, and loved the pier.”

Mr Brown said one of the children described Weston as ‘paradise’.

They also took a trip to Funland. (Picture: Jeremy Long/JCL Photography).They also took a trip to Funland. (Picture: Jeremy Long/JCL Photography).

The families visited the Sand Sculpture Festival, Funland at the Tropicana and were given free buckets and spades and wristbands for the Grand Pier’s rides.

Michelle Michael, co-owner of the pier, said: “We were privileged to be able to welcome the visiting families onto the pier and it is wonderful to hear that everyone had such a good time.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. The families are only just starting to slowly rebuild their lives, and this will take time.

“Well done to all the organisers who made the day such a success and helped create positive memories for the survivors.”

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