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London apartment tower fire: Saddened Raheem Sterling to make donation

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM
France's Lucas Digne kicks the ball while England's Raheem Sterling looks on during their friendly soccer match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, on June 13. – AP Photo
Fire engulfs the Grenfell Tower in London. – AP Photo

Jamaican star footballer Raheem Sterling is set to make a substantial donation to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

According to the BBC, the 22-year-old Manchester City and England winger grew up in north west London after migrating from Jamaica, starting his career at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road Stadium (QPR).

A fire that engulfed the block of flats killed at least 17 people, a figure expected to increase.

Sterling told the BBC: "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."

He added: "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."

QPR' Loftus Road Stadium is a mile away from Grenfell Tower.