Nearly £8m in donations handed out to Grenfell Tower survivors

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Almost £8 million in donations has been handed out to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, including £2m in the last week.

About 42 per cent of the £18.8m raised has distributed to victims, including those who lost their homes in the fire, the Charity Commission said.

Campaigners had previously expressed frustration at the amount of time it was taking for money to reach those bereaved or displaced by the deadly inferno.

The charity regulator, which has been assisting the process, said that 56 per cent of the cash raised – £10.6m – was now in the hands of organisations charged with passing it to those affected.

Hundreds of people join a march demanding “justice” for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire (Getty Images)

Donated money has been divided up into several forms by charities, including sums specifically for the bereaved or those treated in hospital and a separate “fresh start” grant of £10,000 for all displaced families.

Fresh start grants have been paid out to the tune of £1.4 million so far, the commission said.

Fundraising drives by the Red Cross and the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation made £5.6 million and £5.75 million respectively.

The Red Cross was said to have raised less money than it first reported, an error on which the Charity Commission said it was “seeking clarification”.

The Evening Standard’s “dispossessed fund”, meanwhile, raised £6.2 million.

The three campaigns gave more than £4.8m to the London Emergencies Trust to distribute on the ground.

From this, bereaved families are to receive £20,000, followed by another £20,000 at a later date.

Those who were treated in hospital for a week or more are being given £10,000, and £3,500 will be handed to those who were in hospital for six hours or more.

So far £1.9m of these payments have been made, the Charity Commission said.

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