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16th Jun 2017

Tom Hardy launches fundraising campaign for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Paul Moore

Yet again, the Peaky Blinders actor is showing what a nice man he is.

In the aftermath of the Manchester attack, Tom Hardy launched a Just Giving campaign that raised £38,944 for the families of those people that died and were injured during that horrific atrocity.

Given that the star of The Dark Knight Rises and Inception is a proud Londoner, he has done his part to help raise funds for those that were affected the worst following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The actor says: “As a Londoner and as a human being, it is impossible to be unaffected by the harrowing, unnecessary loss of life, injury, sorrow and the continuing desperate and disturbing situation facing those that were residents of Grenfell Tower, Latimer Road West London. It is impossible not to feel deep, profound shock and just stand by and not make the effort to help those who are innocent victims of a seemingly gross negligence. It is impossible not to commend the local community for their response of coming together to support those immediately affected by this tragedy at this time, and I am asking you to please help me raise funds to assist those who are suffering and their families.”

Much like other members of the public, the Peaky Blinders star is enraged by the fact that serious safety questions were ignored by the relevant authorities.

“For me, culpability and accountability falls entirely on those responsible for providing secure, safe housing for those who live in public housing and the citizens/residents of the UK who are vulnerable. It is shameful. There must be a dramatic change. Tonight, all of the people who lived in Grenfell Tower and survived have lost their homes and are displaced with uncertainty and suffering. Many traumatised are still in hospitals throughout the capital recovering from this tragedy. Many are in a critical condition. And many men, women, and children have lost their lives as a direct result of this gross negligence. This disaster feels like it could have been undoubtedly avoided. It is unacceptable in this day and age that men, women, and children are not safe in their homes – homes that are provided by public/social housing – because those homes were not adequately maintained to a correct and appropriate standard. It is shameful,” he said.

The Dunkirk star has also said that the Grenfell Tower fire was the product of “gross and criminal negligence” while supporting the need for a full public inquiry.

“My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and their loved ones. My thoughts are with the innocent families who are suffering – those who have lost their homes and possessions, their friends, families, relatives, children and their lives in a disaster which could have been avoided. People who now have literally nothing within a matter of hours due to what appears to be a man-made mistake and a gross act of negligence which demands a full public enquiry. Those found guilty to be held responsible and to account for gross and criminal negligence,” he said.

Every single donation on this page will go directly to victims/families. At the time of writing, Hardy’s page has raised £11,744.