Hatfield landlady ‘overwhelmed’ by response to Grenfell Tower appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:47 21 June 2017

The Harrier pub is holding a table top sale to raise money for survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

The Harrier pub is holding a table top sale to raise money for survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

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A Hatfield landlady has described the ‘amazing’ response to her appeal to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower survivors.

More volunteers arriving to help with the Harrier pub table top sale for the Grenfell Tower survivors. More volunteers arriving to help with the Harrier pub table top sale for the Grenfell Tower survivors.

Harrier pub landlady Diana Cox, 48, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I woke up that morning, saw it on the television and thought ‘your poor people, what can we do to help?’

Diana initially thought a collection of clothing and toiletries would help and so spread the word for donations.

Harrier pub landlady Diana Cox has a go on the inflatable slide. Harrier pub landlady Diana Cox has a go on the inflatable slide.

However, as survivors have already received these sorts of donations, she is now raising money instead.

All the donated clothing is now being sold at a table top sale at the pub today and tomorrow from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

Diane, who has run the Harrier pub for six years, said: “People have inundated us with stuff.

“We’re totally overwhelmed with how nice people have been.

“Lots of people have been coming in with bags and bags of stuff.

“It’s lovely.

“It looks like TK Maxx here.

“I have had women walk in with stuff to donate and they have just been crying.

“It has even affected grown men.

“Men in the pub have been going in there [the function room] and having a look and saying ‘wow’.”

We Love to Party Ltd, based in Barnet, has also lent the pub an inflatable slide to keep children happy while the fundraising efforts take place.

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