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£1,440raised of £500 target by 53 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,440 to support the Grenfell Community

    Oxford, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 4th December 2018

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    On 15th August, what would have been my Dads 98th Birthday, I’m going to swim 72 lengths of Hinksey Lido to raise money for the Grenfell Community.

    My Dad, Clifford Wearden, was one of the original architects of the Lancaster West Estate, of which Grenfell Tower is a part. His vision was for a place for community to thrive.

    The one thing that has shone bright out of the horrific tragedy of the Grenfell Fire, and touched so many around the world, is the strength and dignity of this community. A community that has been through a living hell, not only through the tragedy of the fire but the abandonment and lack of care by the government and local council in the aftermath.

    I attended the memorial service on 14th June. The community organised the whole day with such thoughtfulness, precision, love, creativity, inclusiveness, respect for the grieving families and dignity. It touched me deeply. One young women, who I held while she broke in her grief, came up to me after the service to thank me. When I told her my Dad was the original architect, her face lit up. She said 'I have been so happy living here, you should be proud of your Dad". We shared a hug, tears and a moment of joy together.

    72 people died because of the fire and it is the intention of the community that these lives will never be forgotten.

    Money raised will go to The Grenfell Foundation – a charity set up to provide support and assistance to the generations affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy for years to come, with an emphasis on community, well-being and education.

    I am doing this swim to honour Dads work and to show my support to this inspiring community, in the small way I can. And I am doing it through something l love, being in the water, which was one of Dads favourite things too. I am not one to swim lengths though, I tend to do a couple and then flip about being a mermaid. So, while it’s not a great distance, it’s going to be a pretty big challenge for me to keep to swimming the lengths and to keep count!

    It is my hope to give as much as we can to this community. I am seeing what a difference the support, on all levels, is making.

    I invite you to give what you can...

    Thank you....




    • Sarah Wearden4 months ago
      Sarah Wearden

      Sarah Wearden

      4 months ago

      I met with some of the Grenfell Community last night and joined the silent march, that is held on the 14th of each month. I am seeing and hearing what a difference the support, on all levels, is making. And I am seeing how they are touching people around the world in the way they are holding and giving of themselves and people are then giving back to them..its like a beautiful loop of love and connection that is moving and healing many. My heart is fuelled for the swim today! 💚💚💚

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    • Sarah Wearden4 months ago
      Sarah Wearden

      Sarah Wearden

      4 months ago

      Grenfell Our Home - This is a very well done short documentary, by Channel 4, where some of the residents talk about their homes. It's a work of beauty and shows the beauty of the hearts of these residents.

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    4 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 10/1/2018 9:55 PM



    • Emma


      Oct 1, 2018

      Sorry it’s late Sarah. So proud of what you have achieved. A cause that would have been so close to Clifford’s heart xx


    • Charlotte Philip

      Charlotte Philip

      Oct 1, 2018

      Fantastic sis, well done!


    • Anonymous


      Sep 28, 2018

      Hi Sarah.I hope the swim went well. Well don't for doing this. X

    • Anita


      Sep 28, 2018

      love you x

    • Zoe Bicat

      Zoe Bicat

      Aug 20, 2018

      Well done Mermaid of Grenfell! What a beautiful thing you've made from the weavings of past and present, with care for the future. xx

    • Hannah


      Aug 19, 2018

      Congratulations Sarah, a beautiful tribute xxx


    • Hilary Kneale

      Hilary Kneale

      Aug 19, 2018

      A moving memorial.

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