Suffolk Bishop says Grenfell Tower tragedy should never have happened as Christians unite for victims

PUBLISHED: 13:40 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 16 June 2017

Bishop Martin Seeley

Bishop Martin Seeley


Suffolk’s most senior clergyman has said he is “horrified and heartbroken” by the Grenfell Tower fire, with the county’s Christian community rallying to collect essentials for those suffering in the aftermath.

Smoke billows from the fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: VICTORIA JONES/PA WIRE Smoke billows from the fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: VICTORIA JONES/PA WIRE

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said the tragedy should never have happened.

As the death toll continues to rise, Londoners have started to demand answers as to how the flames could have spread so quickly.

Bishop Martin said: “I have been horrified and heartbroken at the appalling fire and loss of life in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

“The stories of the survivors, and of those who perished while saying goodbye to their loved ones over the telephone are harrowing.

“This is clearly a disaster that should never have happened. There have been too many warnings that have gone unheeded, and we must ensure something like this cannot happen again.

“Suffolk people and Suffolk churches have quickly joined in the response of love and generosity that has sent food and clothing flooding into the churches, mosques and community centres around Grenfell.

“Churches this Sunday will be taking collections for the people of Grenfell Tower, not just to provide immediate relief, but to support the survivors and their community for the long process of rebuilding their lives.”

The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich, has also expressed his shock, and has called for measures to be taken to ensure this can not happen again.

He said: “There is not only deep sorrow but also a sense of anger arising as details of multiple warnings about the unsafe nature of the tower block become clearer.

“One of the challenges now is to direct this anger in ways which address the hazardous conditions in other such blocks.

“Those in positions to effect this kind of change need our encouragement and indeed our pressure to do so.”

The South West Ipswich Team Ministry has created a Grenfell Tower Relief Appeal.

Revd Robert Hinsley, team rector, said: “We would like to play our part and extend the hand of friendship from Suffolk to our sisters and brothers who have been affected and who have provided such an amazing response in the hours after the blaze began.”

A collection will be held at each church in the ministry - St Mary at Stoke, St Francis and St Peters - this Sunday for people to donate.

Alternatively, cheques payable to SWITM PCC can be sent in an envelope stating it is for the Grenfell Appeal to SWITM Parish Office, c/o St Francis Church, 192 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0QQ.


  • There will be consequences for the various people who were involved in the renovation of this Tower block....BUT......why does everybody, Church included, jump on the bandwagon about the blame game...???? Not one single person can say categorically that this that or the other was the CAUSE of this disaster. So called 'caring' people causing mayhem about the 'true number of dead'. Does not make one iota of difference if it is 33 or 333. How will the authorities be able to say who these dead people are? Are people that naive that they think every body reclaimed in that burnt out shell was recorded as living there? There are some really nasty people 'performing ' on TV at the moment and they should hang their heads in shame.

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

  • The Church are still the fourth largest land holders in the country. As already mentioned they could easily put up all the poor souls burnt out of their homes. And every other homeless family in the country. Good old Theresa has 'stepped in' with the offer of five million on the same day Her Maj shows her support... but she of course is getting 348 million of taxpayers money for the Buckingham Palace refurbishment....Ooops.

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

  • So how many survivors are you taking in to your home, Bishop? Please show us you are not simply exploiting this event for a bit of opportunistic virtue-signalling...

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

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