Donations flooding in for families left homeless
Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00
THOUSANDS of people have rallied to help victims of the riots, donating food, toys and clothing to families who have lost homes and businesses.
Church congregations, charity workers and individual residents have offered their services in the parts of London, Birmingham, Manchester and other towns that were hit by looting and vandalism.
Volunteers handed out drinks and sandwiches to the police and council workers who were cleaning up, while donations of thousands of items of clothing, toys, books and utensils have been made to help victims.
An appeal to support an 89-year-old barber, Aaron Biber, whose north London shop was destroyed in the rioting, has raised £5,000 (€5,700) already.
Another website appeal to help Shiva Kandiah (39), whose shop in Hackney, east London, was looted and then severely damaged by a fire, has also received donations of £5,000 within hours of being set up.
The British Red Cross has been distributing vouchers in Croydon, south London, to people who lost homes and possessions in the disorder.
In Tottenham, north London, where the violence began last Saturday, a community centre has been swamped with donations, including food supplied by local supermarkets.
Charities such as Age UK, and the Salvation Army, as well as Job Centre Plus and other agencies are offering support and advice on legal, insurance and housing issues.
Ealing council is launching an appeal to help riot victims in the borough in memory of the murdered local pensioner, to be called the Richard Mannington Bowes Relief Fund. (© Daily Telegraph, London)