Last Wednesday, June 14th, a fire broke out at West London, England's Grenfell Tower, a residence building housing nearly 600 people. The fire began in the late hours of the night and when authorities arrived at the scene, it had already began spreading at an increasingly rapid rate, and soon a majority of the building was engulfed. There is no word of how many people were present when the incident began; however, 65 people are said to have been rescued from the building and as of now the death toll stands at a devastating 79, with many individuals still unaccounted for. This catastrophic event has left many with next to nothing–no home, no belongings, and only memories of what they have lost. Numerous sources have began raising money and gathering resources to help those who have survived and/or were affected by the fire, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.
In times like these, as sorrowful as they may be, we are reminded of the importance of those with voices that wide-reaching platforms. Simon Cowell took to Twitter
the night following the fire to inform people that he was in the process of making calls to create a charity single to raise money for those affected. To no surprise, a mass of English artists banded together to show their support in the form of a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 1970 hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Over 50 artists contributed to the song, including One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, legend Robbie Williams, Bastille, Dua Lipa, Pixie Lott, Labrinth, and many more. Each artist gave a piece of their heart to this song, and it was all brought together beautifully by the London Community Gospel Choir and Gareth Malone & the Choir for Grenfell. All proceeds raised from the tribute song, and from Cowell's donation page
, will go towards supporting those affected by the Grenfell tragedy.