More than a thousand people attended the free activity day at Westway Sports and Fitness Centre after it was used a humanitarian site to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The event on Saturday August 5, which was organised by operator Everyone Active in partnership with Westway Trust, was aimed at all those affected by the disaster and the volunteers.
Those attending took part in activities including free climbing taster sessions, tennis sessions, disability sports sessions, arts and crafts and inflatable football sessions.
Others took part in Zumba lessons, while youngsters were kept happy with face painting, bouncy castles and a visit from Paw Patrol’s Chase and Everyone Active’s mascot Bee Active.
The sports centre was closed to members of the public in the days and weeks after the fire, while it was used as a shelter for those affected by the fire.
Its outdoor football pitches were filled with donations as the community and nation rallied together, and it was where the Queen and Prince William visited two days after the disaster.
“During this difficult time the community has really come together to support each other, so we were delighted to see so many people come to the centre and really enjoy themselves,” said Everyone Active general manager, Ian Ling.
“The day was a great opportunity to celebrate the strength of our community and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and made the day a real success.”
Stephen Wren, director of sports and leisure at Westway Trust, which owns the centre, said: “The 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 while it was acting as an assistance centre for those affected.
“I’m delighted that this event was able to offer some lighter relief and demonstrate the positive impact that sports and other activity can have on a community.”
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