An education project in Hounslow has hailed the community's "overwhelming response" after raising £5,000 and collecting two trucks' worth of donations for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire .

The Ha Meem Foundation, based in Cross Lances Road, runs educational projects and events and has thanked its army of more than 30 volunteers who continue to sort clothing, blankets, food and toiletries.

The group got together at Lady Nafisa School on Thursday (June 15) to send donations to the community in North Kensington affected by an enormous fire .

Managing director of The Ha Meem Foundation, Fasisal Salim, said: "The response has been overwhelming.

"At the moment the priority is financial support and providing places to stay.

"We were inspired by a few people in the community who called us very concerned about the events that have taken place.

"They felt an obligation to help."

Faisal Salim, managing director of The Ha Meem Foundation in Hounslow

He added: "What's amazing about London and our community is how we have all managed to come together from different backgrounds to help our neighbours.

"We would like to say our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families.

"We want to help in anyway we can whether it is financially or physically."

Cam Virdee, 54, decided to volunteer at the centre after being told the project was no longer accepting donations.

She said: "Me helping is minute to what has happened compared to the atrocity that has happened.

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"I was passing by and we saw there was so much to do. It's nice to know that when something like this happens the whole community gets behind regardless of faith."

A total of 17 people have been confirmed dead following Wednesday (June 14) morning's fire, while many more are injured or missing.

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