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Family affected by Grenfell fire find sanctuary on Scilly

Family affected by Grenfell fire find sanctuary on Scilly

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:42am 9th September 2018.

A grieving family who lost five loved ones in the London tower block blaze have found sanctuary on the Isles of Scilly.

Cornish charity, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell, was set up to help survivors, bereaved, displaced neighbours and firefighters.

So far they have helped over 300 affected by the Grenfell fire but the Chaer-Yemlahi family are the first to visit the islands.

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Cornwall Hugs helped the family who lost five loved ones in the deadly blaze find respite in Cornwall.

Five-year old-Adam, 12-year-old Aziza and eight-year-old Salima spent the week in Marazion with their parents. 

They experienced the charity's first day trip to the Isles of Scilly during their week of respite.

"The islanders have a long history of welcoming strangers in difficult times and Adam’s family could not get over the peace and kindness they felt there, in just one day.

"The islands’ are a kind of a sensory antidote to the trauma and loss they’re going through and these new family experiences can bring some hope as they return to the worries of tower block-living and the daunting prospect of the enquiry.

"If they can take a little bit of that Scilly magic home in their memories, we’ll all know it has been worth it."

 Esmé Page, Founder of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

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Five year old Adam was the 300th guest to visit Cornwall through the charity.

The Grenfell Tower Fire was Britains largest post-war fire, which took place on June 14 2017. It claimed 72 lives. 

The Chaer-Yemlahi children lost their aunt and uncle and three cousins to the deadly blaze. 

"There are no towers here. If there’s a problem, the people can just get out. I don’t like living in a tower anymore - it’s scary. There could be a fire at anytime".

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The family described how the holiday has meant they can rest from the constant reminders.

The family watched the fire engulf the Grenfell tower from their home nearby, knowing close members of their family were inside.

Mum, Touraya said: "The children miss their cousins terribly, they ask me many questions and often I don’t know how to answer them.

"It’s so nice to watch them here. They don’t play together like this in London anymore".

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Adam wants to be a guitar playing pilot when he grows up so the charity set up a cockpit tour.

The family were able to enjoy experiences they don't get in London; up-close encounter with cows, chance to taste real Cornish ice cream, kayak in St Agnes.

Adam wants to be a guitar playing pilot when he grows up so the charity teamed up with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to give him a cockpit tour.

The charity has plans to bring more Grenfell families to Scilly during October and May half-terms, businesses and accommodation providers who'd like to can register to help here.

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