A MEMORIAL service to be held today for the 71 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for “healing and truth,” bereaved relative Clarrie Mendy said yesterday.
Ms Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija Saye died in the fire, helped organise the multi-faith service.
The service at St Paul’s Cathedral takes place on the sixth-month anniversary of the devastating fire.
Ms Mendy asked for the names of the 53 adults and 18 children who died to be read out.
She said: “I just hope this service reflects, I hope it resonates actually with people, with the hunger people have spiritually.
“A lot of people, right now there’s no trust in the government, a lot of people have more faith and trust in their religion.”
More than 1,500 people are expected to attend, around half of whom are bereaved families and survivors while the other half includes members of the North Kensington community, volunteers and first responders to the disaster.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister Theresa May, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and some members of the royal family are expected to attend.
Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has criticised Ms May for refusing to create a diverse Grenfell inquiry panel as requested by survivors and their bereaved families in a petition handed to Downing Street on Tuesday.
He told the Star yesterday: “Nothing here in the UK so symbolises the indifference of powerful people and institutions to the lives of ordinary people as the Grenfell fire, the circumstances leading up to it and its aftermath.”