Grenfell Tower Memorial Service

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Grenfell Tower Memorial Service

A service of remembrance, hope and unity will take place at St Paul's Cathedral exactly six months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The Grenfell Tower Memorial Service - 
Remembrance, Hope and Unity 
Thursday 14 December 2017
Watch the service live on BBC1

Grenfell Tower survivors and families of the bereaved made the request to hold the service. The Cathedral and the Bishop of Kensington, are now working further with residents on creating an order of service to focus on remembering those who lost their lives, on providing messages of support for the bereaved, and on offering strength and hope for the future, for those of all faiths and none.

1,500 tickets for the service will be made available in North Kensington, distributed via Rugby Portobello, the Clement James Centre, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Centre and Lancaster West Residents Association. Representatives will also be invited from a wide range of faith and cultural groups, as well as the emergency services personnel who responded to the fire.

On announcement of the service, Shahin Sadafi, Chair of Grenfell United, said: "Our community was devastated on 14 June 2017. Months on, uncertainty and distress are still what we feel above anything else. Nothing significant has yet changed for the bereaved families and survivors of the fire. However, we hope that by gathering together to remember the tragedy, we can begin to heal our community with the support of the whole country. United together we can help light the way for what will undoubtedly be a long road ahead."

The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, who has worked with the community since the fire, said: "Hosting this service at St Paul’s Cathedral, an iconic venue in London, recognises the significance of this tragedy both for the local community and the wider nation. My hope and prayer is that it will help us remember those who lost their lives, bring comfort and strength to the bereaved, and point a way to a better future."

Grenfell United and other groups are to help bereaved families provide input into the planning process for the service. Opportunities will be offered for the community to suggest ideas for the service, while families will also be able to send their thoughts and ideas via a specially designated email address.

Tickets for the Grenfell Tower Memorial service will be allocated firstly to Grenfell Tower survivors and to bereaved families. Remaining tickets will be made available to others after this initial distribution. Further details of how to apply for tickets will follow in due course.

All media queries about the service, including registering interest for reporter and press photographer attendance on the day, and requests in advance for interviews with Grenfell United spokespeople and the Bishop of Kensington, should contact the Diocese of London Media Team.
020 7618 9106