Derbyshire folk come to aid of victims of Grenfell Tower tragedy

Transport firm boss Richard Wilkes and his team at the collection bins he has set up for victims of the London fire.
Transport firm boss Richard Wilkes and his team at the collection bins he has set up for victims of the London fire.

Big-hearted Derbyshire folk have come together to help victims of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London.

Hundreds of people left items at the depot of R Wilkes Transport and Storage Ltd at Holmewood Industrial Estate after the company started a collection to help those affected by the tragedy.

On Monday morning, the generous firm took the donations to a hub in the capital which will distribute them to survivors.

Richard Wilkes, owner of the business, said: "People have lost everything in this disaster - it just doesn’t bear thinking about.

"We wanted to be involved in helping the victims and we'd like to say a huge thank you to the people of Chesterfield for all their donations which include items like toiletries, clothes, food and toys - things which will make a big difference to those affected."

Meanwhile, residents in Barrow Hill have also held a collection. Nichola Matthews, who organised it, said the donations will be collected by the British Red Cross and added: "People have restored my faith in human kindness."

Chesterfield Borough Council this week assured tenants that all required fire safety measures are in place and up-to-date in its houses and flats.

The authority has confirmed that all cladding installed on council housing is safe and of a different type and construction method to that reported to have been used on Grenfell Tower.

Firefighters were called to the 24-storey residential tower in the early hours of last Wednesday. At least 79 people are feared dead.