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Grenfell residents return to former homes

TRAGEDY: Grenfell Tower

TODAY MARKS the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and more than 200 of its survivors have returned to their flats to help them come to terms with the tragedy.

Accompanied by mental health therapists, police and ambulance crew, the residents have asked to see where their loved ones perished and to use the opportunity as a chance to “say goodbye” to their former homes.

It has been reported that they were given protective suits and breathing masks while being led up the steps of the 24-story building, where some went as high up as the 23rd floor.
Dr John Green, clinical director for the Grenfell Tower response at Central and North West London NHS trust said: “People wanted to see where their loved ones had died.
“People wanted things not of monetary value but of sentimental value - photos, things like that. A lot of people were saying, ‘I’d like to see my old flat again before it’s finally sealed up.’
“The majority say they are glad they went, or it was something they felt they had to do. Theoretically it should be helpful to many people.”

The salvageable items found in their old homes were decontaminated before being returned to their owners.

A series of commemorations and vigils will be taking place this week across London as the community mourns the lives lost in the 2017 tragedy.

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