A month after Tom Hardy initiated an online fundraiser for families affected by the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing, the actor is once again flexing his charity muscle.
“As a Londoner and as a human being, it is impossible to be unaffected by the harrowing, unnecessary loss of life, injury, sorrow and the continuing desperate and disturbing situation facing those that were residents of Grenfell Tower, Latimer Road West London,” Hardy wrote as part of a lengthy message on the page.
“It is impossible not to feel deep, profound shock and just stand by and not make the effort to help those who are innocent victims of a seemingly gross negligence,” he added.
Hardy didn’t go into detail as to what he meant by “gross negligence,” but he did demand that responsibility be taken for the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.
“For me, culpability and accountability falls entirely on those responsible for providing secure, safe housing for those who live in public housing and the citizens/residents of the UK who are vulnerable,” he wrote, adding “This disaster feels like it could have been undoubtedly avoided. It is unacceptable in this day and age that men, women, and children are not safe in their homes – homes that are provided by public/social housing – because those homes were not adequately maintained to a correct and appropriate standard. It is shameful.”
As of this writing, at least 79 people are presumed dead, and dozens more are injured from the blaze which ripped through the 24-story high-rise apartment building in the early morning hours of June 14.
Hardy is targeting a goal of £50,000, and his page works in conjunction with a fund started by the charity, Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.
“My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and their loved ones. My thoughts are with the innocent families who are suffering – those who have lost their homes and possessions, their friends, families, relatives, children and their lives in a disaster which could have been avoided,” he wrote.