Stroud man’s ‘hard struggle’ in memory of niece who died in Grenfell

THE uncle of a teenager who lost her life in the Grenfell disaster marked today’s fifth anniversary by completing a special walk to highlight the plight of ‘families who still don’t have justice’.

The 162 mile walk – from Kemble to the site of the tower in west London – was described by Manfred – Manny – Ruiz as a ‘hard struggle’ as he reached the finishing line on Monday evening, having already matched his fundraising target of £3,500. 

Stroud News and Journal: Manny during his fundraising walkManny during his fundraising walk

Manny – who has lived in Stroud for over a decade – arrived at the Grenfell tower block on Monday evening, the night before the five-year anniversary.

On Tuesday – the day of the anniversary – he told the SNJ: “It was a long journey, my feet are ruined!

“I would like to thank the Stroud community for all of their support and messages.

“These messages really got me through each day. 

“The walk was a hard struggle and a rollercoaster ride but I made it.

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Leaving Kemble on Thursday, June 9, Manny walked 162 miles to raise money for both the Grenfell Foundation and Kids on the Green.

“I did this walk because five years have passed and the families still don’t have justice,” said Manny.

“I am hoping to raise money for the two organisations that have worked tirelessly since the day of the fire to help the local community.

“I want to thank everyone who has donated so far.

“Those who died in the tragedy are forever in our hearts.”

Kids on the Green is a local grassroots organisation which supports families, young people and children through art therapy.

The Grenfell Foundation is a charity which was set up to support the bereaved and survivors from the fire 

Over £3,500 has been raised so far. 

To support Manny’s fundraiser, visit – https://bit.ly/3NVeEVI

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