Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has announced that we will make a donation to individuals affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Police say that confirmed death toll has risen to 30 and the number is expected to rise.
Having emigrated to Wembley in north-west London with his mother at the age of five, the 22-year-old then went on to begin a career at Queens Park Rangers which is located approximately a mile away from Grenfell Tower.
Sterling was raised in north-west London, emigrating to Wembley from his birthplace of Kingston, Jamaica at the age of five.
The 22-year-old began his career at Queens Park Rangers, whose stadium, Loftus Road, is approximately a mile away from the tower block.
Sterling said: ‘ This is a deep and sad situation, one that’s close to my heart and hard to swallow. I would like to help in the best way I can.”
“It is only a small step, but small steps lead to big changes if we all come together. My condolences to the affected families, also the individuals who lost their homes.”
As many as 76 individuals are missing and the death toll is expected to significantly increase. Sadly, police believe that some victims of the fire may never be identified.
At least 17 people lost their lives at the 24-storey council housing tower block in north Kensington in the early hours of Tuesday morning, though with as many as 76 others missing, the death toll is expected to rise significantly.
As specialist search and rescue teams attempt to make the structure safe for investigation, police believe some of those some of those killed in the flats may never be identified. The Queen and Prince William visited rescue workers and residents at the scene near the Grenfell Tower tragedy earlier today.