Photo credit: Marcel Grabowski for Everyone Active
Five-time Grand Slam and Davis Cup champion Jamie Murray joined the local children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire last week at the #Rally4Grenfell Schools Tennis Festival, held at Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, which is operated by Everyone Active.
On the first-year anniversary of the disaster, 1,700 primary school children from 15 local schools who were heavily affected by the fire enjoyed a session with Murray, who went through a series of tennis stations with the children.
Murray said, “Obviously, the Grenfell Tower disaster is a great tragedy. So many people were affected within this community. It is sad to think that something like that could happen here in London. Today, we come together to help raise money for the families, the victims and the community too. It is a really great event the sports centre’s put on because they helped to shelter a lot of the people affected when the fire happened a year ago, offering food and shelter. It’s great to come down and try to help out as best I can.”
British tennis player Emily Webley-Smith was also in attendance on the day, giving some top tips to the children as she prepares for pre-qualifiers to get into this year’s main Wimbledon draw. Emily added, “It’s absolutely great to have so many children being active and getting involved at the Festival. Tennis is a sport that’s not had much exposure too at grassroots level. It’s getting better and the Festival was an example of that.”
Everyone Active general manager Ian Ling commented, “As we come to mark one year since the tragic events of Grenfell, we wanted to commemorate the community spirit during this difficult time. Our community came together in an incredibly powerful way following the Grenfell Tower fire and you could see that every day in the number of volunteers and donations that surrounded Westway Sports & Fitness Centre.”
Everyone Active is running an online auction as part of the #Rally4Grenfell campaign. The auction features a range of specially donated prizes from the world of sports and show-business, including a signed shirt from Jamie Murray’s brother, Sir Andy Murray. The online auction runs until 21 July 2018 and people can donate a prize, bid on a prize or buy an official #Rally4Grenfell wristband. All proceeds from the auction and tennis festival will go to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, to provide financial support to the people left injured, bereaved or homeless by the Grenfell disaster. Visit www.ebay.co.uk/usr/westwaysportsandfitness
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