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Supporting Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors.

by Annie Campbell Viswanathan in London, England, United Kingdom

Supporting Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors.
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Supporting Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors with specialist Advice and Legal Representation.

by Annie Campbell Viswanathan in London, England, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster:  A few yards away, the burned-out tower looms, covered in white plastic sheeting, a reminder of the injustice and social neglect the centre was set up to challenge. The Grenfell Tower fire disaster and its chaotic aftermath posed a big challenge to North Kensington Law Centre (NKLC). Initially locked out of our offices, literally next door to the tower, we prepared for a sharp rise in urgent need from traumatised survivors. So, it turned out to be, traumatised families arriving at our offices of NKLC pleading for help.  NKLC’s director, Annie Campbell Viswanathan, said: “We provide access to justice for people who cannot afford to take up their rights.” The mission has changed little since NKLC was set up as the UK’s first law centre in 1970.  North Kensington Law Centre which had swung into action immediately after the fire was one of the few local organisations, Grenfell survivors trusted. We understood immediately that the survivors needed more than just legal representation, they needed comforting and reassurance, in trying to come to terms with often multiple bereavements in families. Hardly any of the survivors were entitled to legal aid, which means that the cost of representing survivors falls heavily on NKLC and still does. It also does threaten NKLC's sustainability, unless we are supported by people who care. A large number of survivors continue to wait to be rehoused, added to by immigration issues, given that passports and papers were destroyed in the fire. Help us to be able to continue to provide free legal advice and representation for Grenfell Tower fire survivors.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 Life Membership of North Kensington Law Centre

For any donations over £50 the donor will become a life member of Kensington Law Centre kept informed about the Centres work, receive a certificate and an invite to the NKLC AGM were a renowned speaker will address issues in access to justice, followed by a wine and finger food buffet.

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