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Cornish charity helps victims of Grenfell fire

Cornish charity helps victims of Grenfell fire

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:10pm 12th July 2017. (Updated at 10:46am 13th July 2017)

A Cornwall charity is helping those affected following a fire in London that is believed to have killed at least 80 people.

It comes after the organisation was approached by a therapy group helping young people and adults traumatised during the event.

Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are now being offered a range of outdoor activities and counselling sessions to help them recover.

'Kids on the Green', a collective of trained therapists who have set up a calm space for local children, teens and families, are being supported entirely by local businesses and community donations.

All the facilities are provided free, including food and drink, arts and crafts, games and children's entertainment, as well as alternative therapies.

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ShelterBox supporter Juliet Emerson asked whether the Cornish charity could help the group with some tents or gazebos, as all their activities are out in the open at Norland Open Space, near the Edward Woods Community Centre and estate.

They also have to set up their activities every morning and pack away every night.

Now ShelterBox has provided all-weather cover for a range of outdoor activities and counselling sessions.

Five all-weather gazebos with side panels were dispatched, as well as a full-size marquee donated by a local business.

Juliet said: "We are working with an amazing team of helpers who are giving up so much time to help make this work a reality for as long as it is needed.

"The organizer Zoe Le Veque is amazing: dynamic and clear headed and with other wonderful people is making Norland open space a place for children and adults to come and play and paint, talk and grieve, eat pizza and spin hula hoops.

"Local shops big and small have generously donated fruit and snacks, drinks, paints and other craft materials, toys and even a marquee. A circus troupe has been offering their time for nothing.

"The little children seem fine on the surface but you only have to look at their pictures to see their distress - they use many colours, but black predominates. Adolescents are more direct but subdued."

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Georgia Langley, from Kids on the Green, said after ShelterBox's tents arrived: "These look absolutely fantastic.

"Thank you so very much for such a kind and generous donation. We are almost entirely reliant on donations and volunteers and this will make a real difference to our set up and pack away procedures, as well as the overall running of the project."

ShelterBox Chief Executive Chris Warham didn't hesitate in approving the request from Kids on the Green.

He said: "Providing shelter for people who've suffered a disaster is exactly what we do, and it is rare we are called to respond in our own country.

"The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy with worldwide repercussions. But our response was mostly in recognition of this admirable community project, and a wish to put smiles back on the faces of local children and their families.

"We know from our work in disaster and conflict zones that families affected by disaster need so much more than simple shelter so it's great to see this group of therapists offering their professional services free."

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