On January 24th, 2019, the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit (GMRU) hosted its final event – Grenfell Together. The event brought together the families, staff, volunteers, funders, and partners of the GMRU to reflect on our milestones and consider the wider social issues revealed by the Grenfell tragedy. Panel sessions featured survivors, campaigners and charity workers discussing the events of the past 19 months.
In the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy – the biggest homeland disaster since World War Two – the National Zakat Foundation housed GMRU, making it possible for them to provide medium to long-term support for the families affected.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, attended the event and praised us for demonstrating the “true spirit of our city.”
Hanan Wahabi, a survivor who lost her brother, sister-in-law, two nephews and a niece, praised the support given by Standard readers and the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit.
She said: “I can’t put it into words how appreciative we are… you don’t expect to be in this situation, and then to have people throughout the nation put their hands in their pockets and help us was fantastic.”
We’ve got lots of photos and tweets for you, so you can catch up on the night’s events.
Thank you @GrenfellMRU for #GrenfellTogether celebrating the many who supported the BSRs & the #NKen community from the night of the fire, today & in to the future. It was an honour serving with you then & sharing the evening with you all tonight. @GrenfellUnited @SadiqKhan pic.twitter.com/znxVh327me
— Rupinder Hardy (@rupinder_hardy) January 25, 2019
The role of @GrenfellMRU in supporting Grenfell residents of all faiths and backgrounds in the aftermath of the tragedy is a testament to the impact that communities and charities can have when they come together. London stands with the people of #Grenfell #GrenfellTogether #GMRU pic.twitter.com/E19JLmkxQm — Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) January 24, 2019
— CornwallHugsGrenfell (@CornwallHugs) January 25, 2019
Some amazing statistics presented here at the #GrenfellTogether event. A full report being released in the following weeks highlights the findings and recommendations of how @GrenfellMRU was able to assist those impacted by the #GrenfellTower tragedy pic.twitter.com/7YDPenRgGh — Muslim Aid UK (@Muslim_Aid) January 24, 2019