PEOPLE in Caithness are being given the chance to contribute towards the appeal launched for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London.
It follows the initiative of Reay woman Carly Alexander who decided to do something after being numbed by images of the aftermath of the the blaze which has claimed at least 79 lives and left many injured and homeless.
“My husband, Mark, has a trailer business in Reay and often does business with firms in Orkney,” said the 33-year-old.
“I’d heard that there was a company in Kirkwall called McAdie and Reeve who were taking donations for the victims so I thought I’d give them a ring and that was pretty much that.”
Mrs Alexander contacted the company and asked if she could help with its plan to distribute clothing and other necessities to the Grenfell victims.
The company was accepting donations at its base in Kirkwall but since the lorry had to pass through Caithness on the way to London she thought a drop-off point could be organised at Gills Bay.
“I posted on my Facebook page that people could deliver clothes, toiletries, shoes and similar items for when the lorry arrives from Orkney on Monday morning,” said Mrs Alexander.
“I’ve had a massive response already and that post has already been shared over 260 times on Facebook.
“We decided it was best that people make their way to Gills Bay with donations rather than create loads of drop-off points throughout the county. We just don’t have the time to do that since the victims are needing urgent help."
McAdie and Reeve Removals is coming from Orkney on the ferry on Monday at 9am with a large lorry and trailer ready to fill with donated clothes/shoes/toiletries for the Grenfell Tower families in London.
If anyone has anything they think may help these families then head to Gills ferry and load them up.