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Grenfell Tower fire: Newham Bookshop holding raffle and auction to raise money for victims

PUBLISHED: 16:57 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 15 June 2017

Smoke rises after the Grenfell Tower fire on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Smoke rises after the Grenfell Tower fire on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Mischa Saag

Authors from across the globe are supporting Newham Bookshop’s appeal to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims by donating signed books.

The Barking Road bookshop’s owner, Vivian Archer, put an appeal out on social media this morning which has since gone viral, with donations coming in from the likes of Neil Gaiman and David Walliams, as well as a number of publishing houses.

“We’re doing an event tonight at the [Wanstead] Tap, which is sold out,” Vivian explained.

“I wanted to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims so I put an appeal out on Twitter this morning asking for authors and publishers to get in touch.

“We were initially going to do a raffle but we’ve got signed Hillary Clinton, signed Bruce Springsteen, so we’re going to auction some of them off as well.”

Vivian said that the response from the publishing community made her “emotional” and that there was enough to continue raising money beyond tonight.

“We’ve got enough that we can do a raffle in the shop tomorrow as well,” she said.

“If anyone wants to buy a ticket just come into the shop.

“They’re £10 a strip, as we want to raise as much money as possible.”

All the money raised will be used to support families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington.

At least 17 people have died, and 74 injured, after a blaze engulfed a 23-storey tower block in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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