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Grenfell Tower fire: Newham Bookshop auction and raffle raises £1,700 for victims

PUBLISHED: 15:27 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 20 June 2017

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building. PICTURE: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building. PICTURE: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Signed books have been raffled and auctioned off at Newham Bookshop to raise more than £1,700 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Barking Road bookshop’s owner, Vivian Archer, said the response from authors, publishers and members of the public alike had been “fantastic”.

She put an appeal out for items on Thursday morning with the intention of holding a small raffle at an event that night, but the number of books received has led to her extending the fundraising until at least Monday next week.

“We’ve got a lot of signed books for the raffle, too, including children’s books, and we’re still selling tickets at £10 a strip,” Vivian said.

She added that signed books by Hillary Clinton and Bruce Springsteen have already been auctioned off, and it has also received a “very special” auction item - a signed, leather-bound limited edition of Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.

“It was being sold for £250 when it came out, so we want to raise more than that,” Vivian said.

All the money raised will be used to help survivors of the fire, which claimed at least 79 lives when it broke out in a 24-storey tower block in west London on Wednesday.

To buy raffle tickets or bid on auction items, visit the store or call 020 8552 9993.


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