Bartenders across London are uniting for a one-off event to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
On Sunday July 9, they will be coming together to mix up drinks at Westbank in Notting Hill – representing the community closest to the tower.
As well as cocktails, it will feature DJ sets including a guest set from The Shapeshifters, food from the likes of Pizza Pilgrims and a charity auction. We Stand Together T-shirts by the W11 Campaign will also be on sale on the day.
It brings together bartenders working at bars in both east and west London such as Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill, Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, City Social in the City and Barrio Bars.
It is organised by Community Spirit, a new drinks industry fundraising initiative set up in the wake of the disaster but which will be organising events to give back to local communities across the capital on an ongoing basis.
They will ensure 100% of revenues from the July 9 event go to charities connected with the disaster. They are Rugby Portobello Trust and The Harrow Club, two local organisations working on the ground, The Firefighters Welfare Fund and The K&C Foundation, which works to fund local groups.
The ticket price will be £20 and will include three cocktails. More drinks will be available to buy on the day, and thanks to the generosity of several drinks brands, all income will go straight to the people who need it.
Sly Augustin from Trailer Happiness, who has lived in west London all his life and is heading up the team, said: “The events at Grenfell have affected me deeply. But the one ray of light was the incredible response from the community. Regular people stepped up and gave time and possessions without a second thought.
“The bar world has an equally strong sense of community – people you don’t know will go out of their way to help you as standard. It was no surprise when people within the industry reached out and offered support immediately after the Grenfell disaster. What I didn’t realise is just how many people wanted to help and just how many brands were willing to get involved.
“I can’t wait to see the culmination of this generosity, and we intend to grow Community Spirit beyond this recent tragedy, fund-raising to give back to local communities across the capital on an ongoing basis.”
For updates, visit http://communityspirit.fund/ and @ldnspiritfund on social media.