Thousands Donated to Family of London Club Worker Killed In Fire
A fund-raising campaign seeking £5,000 for funeral costs and the family of Tomas Ceidukas, 28, who died in the fire which destroyed East London superclub Studio 338 this week, has raised over £9,000 within hours of going online.
Writing on the JustGiving page, club management said additional contributions which will be passed on to his small family in Lithuania will still be welcomed and paid tribute who Tomas who died as he rescued fellow club workers.
“As you will all know by now, we lost our beloved Tomas to the fire on Monday. He was the bravest, happiest soul one could hope to meet. He was always ready to help anyone in need,” they said.
“We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support for Tomas, both whilst he was fighting for his life in hospital and after he sadly passed away.”
Speaking several days earlier, Studio 338′s general manager said the fire started ‘just before midday’ (on Monday) and vowed to stay ‘positive and strong’.
“I and the awesome team here will do everything and anything to get us all back dancing together as soon as possible,” he promised.
“Over the weekend, I read a beautiful line in Hilary Mantel’s incredible Bring Up The Bodies. It goes: “The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.”
“That’s ringing in my ears today as we take stock and work out the next steps. Things are only finished if you let them be. Our unity and love for music will prevail, I am 100% sure of it,” he vowed.