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William, Kate & Harry make donation for Glenfell Tower fire victims

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Harry have donated to the Evening Standard’s fund for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Several appeals have been made for money to help those displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire that took place on Wednesday.

Several London-based firms and members of the public donated to the Evening Standard’s appeal.

As of reporting, the Evening Standard’s JustGiving page has raised a total of Just over £1.4 million. Over 19,000 supporters have contributed to the fund.

The appeal aims to support the hundreds of residents who have suffered bereavements and been left homeless by the tragic events. Around 600 people were in the building when it caught fire in what is believed to have been a tragic accident.

William, Kate and Harry watched as the fire raged through the tower which was only a mile from Kensington Palace. They were one of the very first to donate to the appeal.

The Royal trio urged others to donate and give generously.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said:  “The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area, they are keen to offer their immediate support.”

Other major donations include £100,000 from Pret a Manger whose outlets in West London have been giving food, water and hot drinks to both residents and the emergency services. Law firm Allen & Overy donated £10,000 to the appeal, while Microsoft and Adobe have promised to match donations made by their staff to the Dispossessed appeal.

The donation comes after The Queen released a statement saying her “thoughts and prayers” are with those who have lost people and those who are still in the hospital. She also praised the bravery of the emergency services.

Her Majesty, alongside the Duke of Cambridge, later visited the scene of the fire to meet members of the emergency services and residents.

The community has gathered together to support those affected by the fire. Londoners have donated food, blankets, clothes, shoes and other supplies while churches and mosques in the surrounding area have turned into makeshift refuges for those displaced.

If you wish to donate to the fund you can do so on either the JustGiving page or the Dispossessed Fund