Community rallies for Wharfside victims

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DROP-off points for items to help those affected by the fire at the Wharfside apartments have been set up across the borough.

Wigan Council has been joined by a number of local businesses in collecting donations from members of the public who want to offer a helping hand.

Many have been left homeless after the fire ripped through the block by Trencherfield Mill in the early hours of yesterday morning, totally gutting an number of the flats inside.

Residents met with Council bosses and fire chiefs this morning and were given a progress update where they were told 40-50 of the 120 apartments have been left uninhabitable.

Others were able to make supported visits to their flats to retrieve items.

Firefighters remain at the scene today and will continue to assess the damage and salvage as many items as possible.

Residents of the Wharfside building receive a progress update

Residents of the Wharfside building receive a progress update

Wigan Today has been inundated with people asking how they can help and below is a list of places where they can drop off anything they think may help. Items urgently sought include clothes for 1-2 year olds, food, blankets and bedding.

• Wigan Life centre and all Council libraries

• Sapphire Homes on Market Street in Wigan town centre

• All R Banks Funeral homes (Pemberton, Standish, Bryn, Scholes, Beech Hill, Leigh, Tyldesley, Up Holland)

Firefighters work on the fifth floor of the Wharfide building. Photo tweeted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters work on the fifth floor of the Wharfide building. Photo tweeted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

• Little Acorns nursery on Dicconson Terrace

• Paul Whittle Cars on Manchester Road, Ince

• All Stephensons solicitors offices

• AMF Bowling, Wallgate

The remains of one of the top floor flats in the Wharfside building

The remains of one of the top floor flats in the Wharfside building

Wigan Council has set up a resident helpline number on 01942 489014.

A fund-raising website has also been set up by members of the public at http://www.youcaring.com/trenchfield-mill-residents-370391.

If you know of any other drop off points for items, please email greg.farrimond@jpress.co.uk, tweet @GFarrimondWIG or call 01942 506283 and we’ll add them to our list.