Novotel to host charity dinner for Grenfell Tower victims

Novotel London West has organised a charity dinner in support of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The idea was pioneered by general manager of the Crowne Plaza Kensington, Ed Bracken and the event is being dubbed a “call to action”, and will include a three course meal as well as an auction and a silent auction on 18 July.

The event is sponsored by the hotel, as well as FR Events, the West London Hotel Managers Association, the British & Irish Trading Alliance and the W1 Hotels Association.

The organisations are working closely with the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and drinks, food, AV system, event management company have all been donated by those in the industry on a pro bono basis.

Michael Sloan from Novotel London West donated the venue which can hold 1,000 guests. Matthew Clark Wines has also donated 156 bottles of red and white wine.

Bracken said: “I have lived and worked in London for the last 20 years and have been welcomed by the people of this city. I was deeply shocked to hear what had happened and wanted to do something to help the people devastated by the sudden loss of family, loved ones, friends, neighbours and their homes.

“I met a survivor from Grenfell who told me his story, and I desperately felt the urge to help and knew that there would be other people like me who could come together to support too.”

The organisers are still seeking suppliers to donate prizes which can be sold in the auction.

The dinner will cost £100 per person or £1,000 per table and all proceeds will go to those displaced by the residential fire.

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