The public have raised more than £15,000 so far to help the victims, families and communities affected by the Croydon tram derailment.
Over 500 people have donated to the JustGiving page set up by the council, in the wake of last week’s tragic incident in which seven Croydon residents lost their lives and more than 50 people were injured.
On Saturday, the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor held a fundraising event at Stanley Halls in South Norwood. The ‘Love, Not Hate’ gala, which was a celebration of the rich diversity in Croydon, raised more than £2,000 for the victims and families impacted by the incident.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has already donated to the JustGiving page and I hope the money raised will let all of those affected by this awful tragedy know they remain in our thoughts and prayers.
“I am incredibly proud of how Croydon is standing together and supporting each other after last week’s tragic events. If you can spare some money and have yet to donate, please do so via our fundraising page, which will ensure care, help and support is given to those most in need both now and in the difficult months that follow.”
Croydon Advertiser editor, Andy Worden, announced the paper would be giving their full backing to the fundraising. He said:
“Since 1869 the Croydon Advertiser has been reporting on every aspect of life in Croydon.
“In all that time the town will have seen few weeks as distressing as the one it has just experienced.
“Because of this we knew we had to get behind a campaign to raise whatever money we can for the victims’ families and the survivors of this truly awful tragedy.”
Donations can be made online by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/croydon-council-tram-incident-fund