‘We lost 72 beautiful people. For them, we keep fighting’: Grenfell survivors speak out five years on

The Guardian says The tower’s former residents will never forget the fear and chaos of 14 June 2017, or the anger and grief that followed. They talk about the night when everything changed – and their long battles to regain some kind of normality

‘We lost 72 beautiful people. For them, we keep fighting’: Grenfell survivors speak out 5 years on

The Guardian says The tower’s former residents will never forget the fear and chaos of 14 June 2017, or the anger and grief that followed. They talk about the night when everything changed – and their long battles to regain some kind of normality

Zoë Dainton, 34: Former mental health worker currently on sabbatical. Lived on the fourth floor: 

I moved into Grenfell when I was four. The best thing about living there was the community. We had people of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and religions. I always remember the smells on the landing, all the cooking from flats. I’d try and guess who was cooking what, and where it was coming from.

We complained a lot about the refurbishment of the tower, however. The noise, and the dust, and how the builders would take over the lifts. Afterwards, it looked better from the outside, but there were still issues. The outside was like Prada, and the inside was Primark. The lifts kept breaking and you’d have to wait weeks for a repair.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/13/grenfell-tower-fire-survivors-five-years-former-residents-14-june-2017

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