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Memorial fund cash rolling in

PUBLISHED: 13:15 18 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

A MEMORIAL fund for the two victims of a tragic flat fire in Felixstowe has already topped £1,000.

The fund was set up by the Evening Star to create a memorial to teenagers Rob Giles and Will Stokes, who were killed in a fierce blaze which swept through the top-floor room of a house in which they were staying.

A MEMORIAL fund for the two victims of a tragic flat fire in Felixstowe has already topped £1,000.

The fund was set up by the Evening Star to create a memorial to teenagers Rob Giles and Will Stokes, who were killed in a fierce blaze which swept through the top-floor room of a house in which they were staying.

Although smoke alarms went off and alerted others living in the property in Holland Road, the pair never woke up and were engulfed in smoke as they slept.

Neighbours, friends, fans of the pop/rock band Boot50 in which Rob played, local businesses and The Evening Star have all contributed to the appeal.

Now Felixstowe Town Council has agreed to boost the fund with a donation of £100 – and has not ruled out further help once a project is identified.

Chris Slemmings, chairman of the finance and general purposes committee, said: "I think it is appropriate that we make an initial gesture to encourage and help this appeal and indicate our support and sympathy.

"But we can leave the door open to consider the possibility of further help when some specific project arises in the future."

The grieving families of Will, 19, and Rob, 18, have not yet considered what they might like the money put towards and what sort of memorial they would feel is appropriate to the young men.

Rob, who had taken on the flatlet two weeks before the fire, was a talented young guitarist and many people felt he had a bright future ahead in the music business. The band Boot50, who were passionate about football and written a tribute to Ipswich Town, had built up a strong fan following and were playing gigs all over the region.

Will, who had been staying the night at the flat that fateful evening, was working at the Ramsholt Arms pub in Shottisham to raise money to travel to Australia and New Zealand later this year.

Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused either by a candle or an electrical fault in a TV, but the damage was so bad they will never know the truth.

WEBLINKS: www.boot50.com

n If you want to contribute to the fund, send a cheque to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's secretary, Fire Appeal, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN. Cheques should be made payable to The Evening Star Fire Appeal and the money will be placed in a special account.

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