A weekly update from the PR and Communications team, sharing where The Salvation Army has been in the news this week.
The Salvation Army is continuing to provide vital refreshment and pastoral support to the emergency services following the fire at Grenfell Tower in West London. A team of volunteers from across London and beyond have been running our emergency response canteen since the early hours of 14 June and will continue to be available over the coming weekend.
UNILAD, the popular entertainment website, published a public Q&A by a London firefighter on the online discussion forum Reddit following the fire. When asked how the fire fighters manage to eat when responding to a major incident, he replied:
“The Salvation Army (they never get the credit or recognition they deserve) will turn up at anything above an 8 pump fire, with volunteers, in a towed food canteen (a bit like a lay by burger trailer) they make sandwiches and give out chocolates and crisps as well as hot drinks and cold drinks. They are a god send. I can’t stress that enough. Hats off to them. You shouldn’t be at an incident for longer than 3 hours before being switched by a relief crew. This went out the window yesterday.”
Here are some highlights of the social media engagement The Salvation Army has been receiving from emergency services personnel and their family members:
· Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade Commissioner, tweeted: ‘Thank you to the wonderful caring team from @salvationarmyuk canteen van for looking after all of us a Grenfell Tower’
· Mike Cotton from Tottenham Fire Brigade tweeted: ‘Ahhh the #Shoreditch @salvationarmyuk crew, best cheese sarnies and tea this side of the river… brilliant bunch’
· Fire fighter Nick tweeted a photo of our volunteers in the emergency response vehicle and said: ‘These legends are *STILL* at Grenfell looking after all of us from Fire, Police & LAS after a WEEK #unsungheroes’
· Fire fighter Paul Embery tweeted: ‘The heroes of Grenfell include the magnificent Salvation Army volunteers who work hard to ensure the emergency services are fed and watered.’
· Rach tweeted: ‘Would like to thank The Salvation Army at #GrenfellTower for keeping my hubby & colleagues fed & watered while on duty today’
· Wandsworth Police tweeted: ‘Just a quick one to say a massive thank you to @salvationarmyuk for looking after us while working at Grenfell Tower. You’ve kept us going!’
On Facebook, The Salvation Army’s posts – including the video – about our response at Grenfell reached more than 265,000 people organically. The posts were shared more than 2,000 times and they received over 200 comments.