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Grenfell: ‘The nurse in me ran to the police line to help’

SERVICE TO OTHERS: Simone Williams-Anglin, starring in a recent Boots TV ad, helped victims as they escaped the blaze

A CHRISTIAN nurse who appeared in an advert for Boots was among those who gave a helping hand to residents who were affected on that fateful night.

Simone Williams-Anglin was at the scene of the fire shortly after it broke out in the early hours of the morning until 1pm the next day.

The mother-of-two, who is a member of Life Church in Kilburn, north-west London, lives just five minutes from Grenfell Tower.

She recalled: “June 14th is a date I will never forget. I was woken up by the sound of sirens and a helicopter that was hovering just outside. As I stood on my curb a man ran past me and I asked where he was going, he replied, ‘My building is on re!’ so I ran behind him.”

Unlike most people, the nurse’s first instinct was to selflessly rush towards the fire to help those in danger.

“I was faced with a burning building. The nurse in me ran to the police line and said, ‘I’m a nurse let me help!’ and he did.

She continued: “I helped by gathering dry clothing and towels from my house, and helped people on the streets to wrap the victims in as they came out wet, cold and some even half dressed.”

Williams-Anglin remembers how she was able to help one individual.

“I met one particular woman and she was just crying hysterically,” she said. “She was in a panic because her 12-year-old daughter was missing. I did not know why, but I knew she was a woman of faith. I asked her, ‘You’re a woman of faith, aren’t you?’ She said, ‘Yes – God got me out of here.’

“I said to her, ‘You’re going to stop crying, and you’re going to pray.’ But she kept saying, ‘My daughter – I’ve only got one daughter’, and I said, ‘God’s not going to fail you.’”

The woman eventually learned her daughter was in hospital – but did not know which one. Since that night local people have shared their appreciation of her efforts. However, she remains humble.

“I owe it to the victims and survivors of the re to live my life like it’s golden as their lives have been stolen so tragically. My duty as a nurse is to serve and care for people regardless.

“Since the fire until now, love has been the main thing. People of all faiths have been uniting, gathering, feeding each other, taking care of each other, and just hugging people and loving people.”

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