The Grenfell Tower tragedy shocked us all, but who could fail to be moved by the way the local community responded.
Quick to open its doors to those made homeless or left stunned by what happened, was the Westway Sports and Centre which lies in the shadow of the tower. Home to one of our longest-established leagues, we salute their efforts.
This week the centre ran the first of its #rally4grenfell fundraising online auctions.
A pair of Centre Court tickets for the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens in London was the top selling item in the first part of the #Rally4Grenfell online auction which finished last night. It went for £255, with hospitality tickets to the Nitto ATP Tour finals running it a close second and selling for £230.
The auction is organised by Westway Sports & Fitness Centre with the help of the British Red Cross Fire Relief Fund which will use the money to help those affected by the disaster and continues to the 21st July.
“We played an important role as a humanitarian centre during and in the aftermath of the disaster and we want to continue supporting the people affected by Grenfell by raising money for them through the British Red Cross Fire Relief Fund,” says Oren Holtzman, Head of Tennis at Westway.
“Grenfell was a national disaster that should never be forgotten and it has brought our very special community closer together. Both before and after the disaster Everyone Active @Westway delivered sport to local people which has been important in allowing the community to continue to function: sport builds communities and has no boundaries.”
Westway has been overwhelmed with the generosity of the tennis and sporting community and others who donated all the items for auction and if you missed part 1, part 2 of the auction begins today – get bidding if you want corporate tickets to watch Arsenal at The Emirates next season (closing soon!) or a pair of Stan “The Man” shoes – only 20 pairs were made, so you could get a great collector’s item and help a great cause at the same time (though we can’t promise they will make your game as good as Wawrinka’s). Closer to Wimbledon, there will also be a chance to bid for a shirt signed by Sir Andy Murray.
- Westway Sports and Fitness Centre will also host a tennis festival with up 1500 local primary school children to commemorate the first anniversary of the disaster on 19 June.
- To make a bid, just visit: www.ebay.co.uk/usr/westwaysportsandfitness
- To donate money text RFGC99 £3, £5 or £10 to 70070 or visit the #Rally4Grenfell JustGiving website: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rally4grenfell
- You can also see the tweet from Westway Sports’ Twitter, here: https://twitter.com/WestwaySports/status/998927645185314816 Please share/RT as widely as possible.