Leeds man sends van of furniture to tower block fire victims

Businesses including NL Commercials and More4Less have helped Lee Mabbott
Businesses including NL Commercials and More4Less have helped Lee Mabbott
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A generous Leeds man has organised a collection of furniture and kitchen utensils for displaced victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Lee Mabbott, from Rawdon, originally decided to collect donations of clothes and toys, but was overwhelmed with the response from Leeds residents and businesses.

He has now taken a van containing sofas, microwaves, beds, cots, prams and curtains to the White City estate where the devastating blaze broke out in the tower block last week.

Van hire company NL Commercials, based on Geldard Road, offered Lee free use of a vehicle, and others have come forward offering to cover his fuel costs. More4Less on Meanwood Road stored items until Lee could take them to London.

The haul will be given to the Red Cross to be distributed as part of their relief effort.

"Social media is the most powerful thing in the world, it's going crazy with donations. I can't believe the response," said Lee.

"It's been crazy the way everyone in Leeds has helped out - we've raised over £500 as well as beds, kids' beds, kitchen utensils, bedding, clothes, toys etc. I think we've got at least one of every item you'd find in a house, and plenty of clothes and kids' items. It's been a busy last few days but definitely worth it."