Grenfell Tower campaigner, 51, killed herself after being left ‘absolutely traumatised’ witnessing blaze that ‘ruined her life’

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A TRAUMATISED Grenfell Tower campaigner killed herself after witnessing the tragic blaze which “ruined her life, an inquest heard.

Amanda Beckles, 51, was found dead in her bedroom after police went to her flat in Notting Hill, West London, last December.

 Amanda Beckles lived just 300 metres from the tower and was traumatised after watching the fire

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Amanda Beckles lived just 300 metres from the tower and was traumatised after watching the fireCredit: Central News
 Dozens died in a fire which tore through a West London tower block in minutes

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Dozens died in a fire which tore through a West London tower block in minutesCredit: Reuters

Westminster Coroner’s court heard Ms Beckles sought therapy after witnessing the blaze that killed 72 people after flames engulfed the tower block on June 14, 2017.

She frequently expressed anxieties about her mental and financial state and displayed symptoms of PTSD.

Police Sergeant Mark Steadman told the inquest: “I have declared the death not suspicious. The deceased was found behind locked doors.”

TWO NOTES WERE FOUND

Two notes were later found by police and reading from one the coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, said: “By the time you read this I will have passed.

“I need to let you know that there is nothing you could have done to stop this from happening. The Grenfell Tower fire has affected me badly.

“I had hoped the worst would be over but 17 months after I still suffer from acute anxiety.

I need to let you know that there is nothing you could have done to stop this from happening. The Grenfell Tower fire has affected me badly.

Amanda Beckles

“I really don’t know why it has affected me so badly but it isn’t a life worth living.”

A post-mortem gave the cause of death as asphyxia.

Ms Beckles was the founder and coordinator of the Grenfell Tower Community Monitoring Project and lived just 300 metres from the scene of the tragedy.

ANXIETY GOT WORSE

Christine Coho, a mental health officer who consulted Ms Beckles many times, said: “I felt that I knew her very well within what she would want to share – she was a private person.

“She had problems with confidence and wanted to get back to work.

“Her anxiety got worse around the time of the Grenfell fire anniversary and she how she was having a bit of financial difficulty.

“She felt ‘dehumanised, degraded and humiliated’ by the benefits system.”

Dr Wilcox asked Ms Coho if she thought that the Grenfell tragedy had an impact on Ms Beckles mental health.

She replied: “Added to the fact that she had financial difficulty and also her shame of self that was also definitely at play, in my opinion.”

The coroner later said Ms Beckles took her own life while suffering from “enduring mental health problems” following the fire which “decimated a community”.

The inquest continues.


If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.


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 The gutted remains of the building after the fire raged through the tower block in the early hours of June 14

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The gutted remains of the building after the fire raged through the tower block in the early hours of June 14Credit: Reuters


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