15 SEP 2017

Seaside trip for Grenfell fire victims

I was proud to help organise a trip to Dover and Deal for two sisters caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Judith Peterson, 53, and her sister Rafthina, 57, enjoyed a boat ride around Dover harbour, lunch, a special exhibition at Dover Castle, live music on Deal seafront, dinner at a seafood restaurant and an overnight stay in a hotel. They visited Walmer Castle the next day.

The pair were made homeless following the Grenfell Tower fire in West London on June 14th which killed at least 80 people.

I met with Ian Dunkerley, who runs Dunkerley's Seafood Restaurant Hotel, soon after the Grenfell tragedy. We decided we wanted to do something to help the victims of the fire. Hoteliers at The Clarendon, The King's Head and The Royal in Deal all offered to help too.

Of course nothing will ever put right that tragic day in June. But we wanted to show that every corner of the country cares deeply about what happened at Grenfell and the people affected by it.

Community spirit is one of our many strengths around here in Dover and Deal. We always rally around to help those in need. I am so proud to live in this area and call it home.

The boat ride around the harbour was organised by Dover Sea Safari, lunch was put on by the Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, English Heritage provided tickets for Dover Castle and Walmer Castle, Dunkerley's Seafood Restaurant put on dinner, and the Clarendon Hotel offered an overnight room. All was provided free of charge.

Judith said: "I had a fantastic time. Everyone was really lovely. They looked after me.

"I'd never been to Dover and Deal before and it was one of the best breaks I've ever had."


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