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Man City star Raheem Sterling set to make substantial donation to Grenfell Tower fund

The England winger is said to be deeply moved by the tragedy in North Kensington

Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling is set to make a substantial donation to the Grenfell Tower fund.

The 22-year-old, who started his career at QPR, grew up on the St Raphael’s Estate in Wembley just five miles from where the tragedy happened in North Kensington.

The winger is said to be deeply moved by what’s happened in the area.

Speaking to the BBC, Sterling said: “This is a deep and sad situation, one that’s close to my heart and hard to swallow. I would like to help in the best way I can.

“It is only a small step, but small steps lead to big changes if we all come together.

“My condolences to the affected families, also the individuals who lost their homes.”

Raheem Sterling started his career at QPR, whose Loftus Road Stadium is around a mile from the scene of the disaster

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Raheem Sterling started his career at QPR, whose Loftus Road Stadium is around a mile from the scene of the disaster

Fire engulfed the 24-storey block of flats, killing at least 17 people in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The confirmed death toll stands at 17 but is expected to rise.

Flowers and messages for the victims

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Flowers and messages for the victims

Meanwhile, QPR, whose Loftus Road stadium is close-by, have been doing their bit by accepting donations, while Fulham and rugby club Harlequins have offered relief and support to those affected by the fire.

The Queen and Duke of Cambridge are expected to meet volunteers, local residents and community representatives on Friday.