Beam Parklands Fire update
Latest update as of Friday 29 July, 2pm
On Tuesday 19 July a fire spread in the Beam Parklands and Ballards Road area in Dagenham, destroying and badly damaging a number of homes. Some of our residents affected by the fire have lost everything, while other families have sadly lost pets in the fire or had their homes severely damaged.
Unfortunately, some families are still unable to return home and people are staying with family and friends, in hotels, or in temporary accommodation. Affected residents can call the council on 020 3911 7297 if they need further guidance.
If you want to help
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to our crowdfunder which has been set up to help the families affected. So far, over £38,000 and counting has been raised with more coming in, so thank you if you've donated.
While we are keeping the appeal open so that donations can still be made, we will now start to distribute funds to those affected.
At midnight on 28 July, the fund had raised £38,624 so we are now getting this distributed to the families most affected by the fire.
80 per cent of the money raised so far (£30,899.20) will go to people whose homes were totally destroyed by the fire. This means 17 families will each receive £1,817.60 (one payment per household).
20 per cent of the money raised so far (£7,724.80) will go to people who had to leave their homes for 24 hours or more, because of the fire. This means 15 families will each receive £514.99 (one payment per household)
We are currently collecting bank details from residents and as soon as we have these can start making payments. We expect payments to start making their way out over the next week.
We are eternally grateful to our colleagues in the emergency services for everything they have done to support our residents, and to residents for all the compassion you have shown.
Please bear with us as we try to keep this page updated as the situation continues to unfold.
If you are struggling emotionally or finding it difficult to cope after what has happened, please do reach out to Talking Therapies. They can also be reached on 0300 300 1554 (option 3). They’re our NHS colleagues who can offer a range of support.