Hornchurch explosion: Help raise money to rebuild lives of those who lost everything

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 25 January 2017

The aftermath following the explosion at the block of flats in Hornchurch. Picture: Ken Mears

The aftermath following the explosion at the block of flats in Hornchurch. Picture: Ken Mears

Ken Mears

In light of the tragedy which has left young families, pensioners and other residents homeless, the community is working together to help get them back on their feet.

The blaze which ripped through Bridge Point, the block of 41 flats in Hornchurch, on Monday, has turned the worlds of those living there upside down.

Clothes, sentimental belongings, pets, toys and so much more were lost but people from around the borough are doing all that they can to help rebuild their lives.

Members of the Ardleigh Green Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group Sarah Browne, Amanda Sena, Charlotte Fitch and Nina Stiffel have set up a fundraising page to raise money for those affected.

Sarah, 31, of Gidea Park, said: “I was on the train when I saw loads of Facebook posts come up on my phone about an explosion and I was worried they were talking about where my friend lives but thankfully her place was OK.

“That initial feeling of panic for her safety made me think about what happened and the poor people who lost everything.

“It could have been anyone’s family or friends in there and that’s why we need to help.”

A donation station at Ardleigh House Community Association, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, will also be set up for people to drop off items for the residents.

The group is working with the council, which will provide them with a list of essential lost items as given to them by the tenants themselves.

Sarah said: “Those people living in the flats have lost so much and we should, as a community, work together to show that we are all here for them during this horrible time.”

To donate, click here

To register an item you would like to donate, email

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Romford Recorder