Stormzy and Adele team up with Grenfell survivors on cladding campaign
15th December 2018

Stormzy and Adele team up with Grenfell survivors to demand dangerous cladding be removed from other tower blocks around the country

  • Stormzy and Adele lead celebrities teaming up with survivors of Grenfell blaze
  • They launched a video demand removal of ‘dangerous’ cladding from buildings
  • Grenfell United campaigners say 441 buildings in UK still have the substance
  • Cladding has been blamed for quick spread of fire which killed 72 people 

Stars including Stormzy and Adele have joined Grenfell Tower survivors to demand the removal of ‘dangerous’ cladding from buildings. 

The celebrities have joined forces with Grenfell United, the survivors and families bereaved by the fire, which killed 72 people, to release a video appeal for national change.

In the footage the group said there are 441 buildings around the country that still have ‘dangerous Grenfell-style cladding’ on them.

The group is calling for a new regulator for social housing to reform the system and remove dangerous cladding from buildings.

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze, pictured, have joined forces with celebrities to demand the removal of ‘dangerous’ cladding blamed for the spread of the fire from hundreds of buildings around the UK

Grime star Stormzy, pictured, is one of the famous faces trying to bring attention to the campaign by survivors of the blaze and bereaved families of victims

The community formed Grenfell United to campaign against cladding, claiming not enough has been done to ensure public safety. Pictured are Grenfell survivors in the video

Pictured: The 72 people killed by the blaze in June 2014 and where they lived in the tower

Many of those involved have links to the area, including Adele, who had friends in the Kensington community and visited the scene just hours after the tragedy, and Marcus Mumford, who lives near the tower and has frequently criticised the wider response to the disaster.

Opening the film, grime artist Stormzy said ‘this is not a charity film, this is a clarity film’, followed by families and supporters talking about the impact of the fire.

They said: ‘We are not asking for money, we are not asking for sympathy, we are demanding change.

‘Change so families up and down country are safe in their homes. Change so that people, no matter where they live, are treated with dignity and respect.’

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The video brought together more than 50 survivors and bereaved relatives with community supporters for the special shoot.

Karim Mussilhy, vice-chair of Grenfell United, said that there had still been no significant changes 18 months on from the tower fire.

He added: ‘We are approaching the second Christmas since our loved ones died at Grenfell, but we’ve seen little change on the ground and people around the country are still living in buildings with dangerous cladding.

‘Too often, people in social housing are treated with indifference by people who have a duty to care for them.

Marcus Mumford, who lives near the tower, has also been active in campaigning for the community and appears in the video, pictured

Rapper Akala, pictured, who also lives near Grenfell, took part in the powerful video and said ‘Politicians can’t just let this fade away and leave everything to stay the same’

Survivors also took part in the film, including this woman, pictured, who said ‘They say home is where the heart is. I woke up and mine was on fire’

‘Dangerous cladding needs to be taken off buildings and we need a new regulator for social housing to reform the system so people are listened to and treated with respect.

‘We lost our loved ones, but it’s not too late for others. We can’t sit back while there is a risk another tragedy like Grenfell could happen again – that’s why we’re fighting for national change.’

The appeal comes at the end of the last week of phase one of the Grenfell Inquiry.

Mr Mussilhy said the inquiry had already shown ‘beyond doubt’ that the 72 people were unlawfully killed.

He added: ‘The Grenfell Inquiry has already shown beyond doubt that our families were neglected, ignored and given cheap materials that turned theirs homes into a death trap.

‘Seventy-two people were unlawfully killed and people across the country are still living in unsafe buildings, change cannot wait.’

Grenfell United is urging people to support its campaign at

The survivors and bereaved, pictured, said they were ‘not asking for money, but asking for change’ in the footage

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