CNWL staff and patients response to the Grenfell Tower fire
16 June 2017
Patients and staff at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health have been doing their bit in helping families affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
Pictured is Activity Co-ordinator Megan Howes and Gloria, a patient, who were among many patients and staff who felt moved to cook various goodies to raise money.
Senior Occupational Therapist at the Centre, Jessica Lashko, told us: "The patients wanted an opportunity to make a difference and contribute towards the families affected. As the collections have been inundated with generosity, it was decided that we would do a bake sale.
"A large group of patients spent the morning working together to make some delicious shortbread and chocolate brownies. While cooking I was touched by the patients telling me how doing this for charity motivated them to join in and that they valued the opportunity to be helping others and making a difference to those affected. One woman talked about how being admitted to hospital usually restricts you from being helpful or being able to contribute in a time of crisis and how much it meant to her to be involved.
"This afternoon the patients, OTs and Activity Co-ordinators have been going around to the different wards and staff departments to sell the goods baked this morning. Staff and patients have all shown enormous generosity and love for the community. The total is yet to be confirmed but it is over £130 already. This will be cycled over to the Christian Centre by the Sports Tech with a note from those involved."
We have shared the advice NHS England has issued on coping with stress following a major incident and on how to find mental health support services. You can download it here.
Those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, either directly or indirectly, and in need of mental health support or psychological therapy can call our Single Point of Access, where people can get access to mental health support services as well as information and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.
The number to call is 0800 0234 650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.