Pubs and bars host fundraiser for Grenfell Tower victims

By Fred A'Court

- Last updated on GMT

Community spirit: money raised will go to charities connected with the Grenfell Tower disaster
Community spirit: money raised will go to charities connected with the Grenfell Tower disaster
In a show of united community spirit, some of London’s top bars are throwing a fundraising event to support victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The one-off fundraiser, called Community Spirit, will see bartenders from across London gather at Westbank in Notting Hill to shake up some incredible cocktails, say the organisers.

All monies raised will go to charities connected with the disaster.

The ‘shake up’ is taking place on Sunday 9 July from the afternoon right through to early Monday morning with the drinks menu changing throughout the day and night depending on who’s behind the stick.

Event entertainment

There will also be live music, DJs – including a guest set from The Shapeshifters – food, and a charity auction.

Tickets will cost £20, which includes three full-sized cocktails, with more drinks available to buy.

Some of London’s most celebrated bars have confirmed their attendance, including Callooh Callay, City Social, Trailer Happiness and Barrio Bars, while some of the UK’s best-known drinks brands are donating spirits and drinks free.

Strong sense of community

Sly Augustin of Notting Hill bar and kitchen Trailer Happiness is heading the organising team. He said the local community had made an incredible response to the fire.

Augustin said: “Regular people stepped up and gave time and possessions without a second thought. The bar world has an equally strong sense of community – people you don’t know will go out of their way to help you as standard.

"It was no surprise when people within the industry reached out and offered support immediately after the Grenfell disaster.

“What I didn’t realise is just how many people wanted to help and just how many brands were willing to get involved.”

The chosen charities are Rugby Portobello and The Harrow Club, the London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund, and the K&C Foundation.

For tickets and more information, visit www.communityspirit.fund​, and for regular updates look for @ldnspiritfund across social.

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