Children at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Moss Side have been wearing ‘green for Grenfell’. The move is to show everyone affected by last year’s Grenfell fire tragedy in London that they are thinking of them.
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, West London. It caused 72 deaths out of 293 people recorded present in the building, including two who later died in hospital.
Over 70 others were injured. Occupants of 23 of 129 flats died and 223 people escaped. Inquests for 70 victims have been opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner’s Court.
A year on, from the smallest to the tallest, all pupils at St Mary’s C of E school were invited to show their support for Grenfell’s children and for families who lost loved ones or were injured in last year’s devastating fire.
Staff and children at St Mary’s also paused at midday on the anniversary along with the rest of the country to mark the national minute’s silence.
Headteacher Jenny McGarry said: “Hearing about the appalling fire and tragic loss of life last year affected everyone – our children here in school and staff.
“One year on we wanted to extend the hand of friendship and love to all those affected by the fire in London and beyond.
“We wanted to show we haven’t forgotten them or the 72 children and adults who lost their lives, by doing our bit, wearing ‘green for Grenfell’, and stopping our lessons at midday to observe the national minute’s silence.”