Grenfell Hope will help readers understand what it was like living in North Kensington before and after the fire. It will help engage the reader with poverty issues, to examine attitudes to the poor and to consider how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities.
In the desperate situation of the fire, God was at work in people’s hearts bringing hope in tiny gestures that mounted up to something enormous. Hope that couldn’t be ignored or even contained. Hope sprang out all over the country.
The 'hope' shines in a myriad of ways ... You would expect this to be a tough and moving read, and it is. Doherty writes candidly about her own reactions: the gut-wrenching pain, and times of overwhelming sadness, but also her sense of calling to the area. Her measured political comment reflects a community shocked, grieving and angry; one that is now finding its voice.
A remarkable account ... Doherty never loses sight of the more encouraging story of mutual support and potential repair ... her broad perspective is a huge achievement.