Local communities from all faiths and backgrounds are uniting in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire , by simply offering "to help and give whatever they can."

In this urgent time of need , every action helps, and nearby residents are certainly doing their bit - from handing out bottles of water and sandwiches to opening up their restaurants to shelter those who have been evacuated.

We're raising money to help those affected by the devastating tower block blaze

Harinder and Sukvinder Singh from a Sikh education charity told getwestlondon what they have been doing to help.

Speaking over the sound of a nearby helicopter, Harinder said: "We are here to help out with the aid from other Sikh organisations, which are handing out food and water.

"It is a powerful thing to come together and help during such a traumatic time."

He added: "One of our mottos is, recognise the human race as one, so we see that.

"It is not about colour, creed, or anything, we are all here together to help and give whatever we can.

"It is amazing to see the community together."

Sukvinder said: "It is a really hot day so people are guzzling water, so we are waiting on a delivery because we are giving it out constantly.

"It is really important to keep people hydrated in this weather."

The pair added that they will continue their efforts for as long as they are needed.

Bharti Berisha, general manger of Garden Bar said he opened his bar in the early hours of the morning to shelter evacuated residents.

He said: "I opened the place at 1.30 this morning, bringing in residents from where they live.

St Clement's Church in Sirdar Road is open to help residents affected by the Grenfell tower fire

"From now on we are using it to help out, supporting them with drinks and food as much as we can.

"The chefs have been cooking for anyone and helping.

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"There have been about 300 people, a few people were injured and we waited with them until the ambulance picked them up and take them to hospital - hopefully they will be ok."

"This is bringing everyone together, it is nice seeing everyone trying to help.

"People are coming in with food, drinks and clothes, anything they can - it is amazing to see."

At least 12 people have died with dozens more in hospital including 18 in critical care .

The blaze took hold of Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington in the early hours of Wednesday morning, (June 14).

For the latest updates on the fire, visit our live blog which we will be updating throughout the day .

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open for members of the public who are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected the fire.

The number for the Casualty Bureau is 0800 0961 233.

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