Date: 24th June 2017 at 11:10am
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Driving down the Westway, heading towards West London, a sight greets you that brings a lump to your throat.

Soaring up into the London skyline is what remains of Grenfall Tower, a blackened shell that brings a tear to your eye.

On that awful night, when a fridge-freezer caught fire and the flames, assisted by cladding stuck onto the tower during renovations, spread rapidly from the fourth floor to the top floor, 79 people are either dead or presumed dead, engulfed by flames that destroyed everything in their path.

The ramifications of that night, June 14th, will go on for many a year, and my heart goes out to all those affected, in this case, the expression life goes on just doesn`t fit, life will go on but not in the sense those affected would have wished or wanted.

Therefore, it was pleasing to read that the football community is doing its bit to raise money for all those affected.

Yesterday, it was announced that the proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield, between Chelsea and Arsenal, will go to the disaster fund, with the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, remarking,

‘We hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help.

‘Football is for all, and we hope it can in its own way give something back to those who are most in need.’


The EFL have also announced they will be donating £175,000 with member clubs contributing their share of proceeds from the match.

It is a great gesture as is the invite that is going out the survivors the families of the victims and the emergency services personnel to attend the game.

Football is doing its bit as the task of rebuilding shattered lives begins.

There but for the grace of god?????????????..

 
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