Thurrock Council thanks British Red Cross by making a donation

7 November 2019

Yesterday, Wednesday 6 November, the British Red Cross signed the book of condolence to pay their respects to the 39 victims of the tragic incident discovered in Eastern Avenue, Grays on Wednesday 23 October.

Thurrock Council worked with the British Red Cross to provide the welfare and emotional support for emergency responders at Eastern Avenue and Tilbury Port during their onsite investigations.

Leader of the council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I would like to personally thank the British Red Cross for the support they have provided Essex Police and our partners at both crime scenes during this investigation.

"I am extremely proud of the way our blue light services, council officers and all other partners have responded in the wake of such a tragedy and its important their personal health and well-being is supported. The support the British Red Cross were able to provide in the moment has been crucial for our partners.

"I am delighted to confirm that Thurrock Council will be donating £5,000 to the British Red Cross as a thank you for their time and support during this difficult time.

"I would like to urge members of the Thurrock Community to consider becoming a Community Reserve Volunteer for the British Red Cross."

Helen Sipthorp, Area Director of Crisis Response for the British Red Cross, said: "The tragedy in Grays last month was tough for everyone involved. We were glad to provide support to all those working at the scene in such sad circumstances.

"We're really grateful to Thurrock Council for their generous donation, which will help us continue our crisis response work in the local community."

 The book of condolence will continue to be open in the reception of Thurrock Council's Civic Offices in New Road, Grays along with a temporary area for floral tributes in Mulberry Gardens next to the Civic Offices.

For the most up-to-date statements on the investigation, go to

To find out more about becoming a Community Reserve Volunteer for the British Red Cross, go to

Photo below: Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill with Helen Sipthorp, British Cross Area Director for Crisis Response, South East signing the book of condolence.