Public invited to funeral of Tom Taylor who died in tragic Lincoln fire

The funeral of a “kind-hearted” Lincoln teenager who tragically lost his life in a fire just days before Christmas will take place on Friday, January 22.

Tom Taylor, 17, died in an accidental fire at the family magic shop and flat on De Wint Avenue on December 21.

Tom’s funeral will take place at 11.45am at the Priory Witham Academy (main entrance on De Wint Avenue), followed by a wake at the Moorland Community Centre.

At the community centre there will also be the chance to share memories and messages, as well as any photos of Tom. The family is planning to make a memory board.

The dress code is formal with a colourful twist (bright tie/dress/suit or bright laces, anything colourful).

The family have stated they would prefer donations to be made to selected charities rather than on flowers from non-family members.

The charities the family have selected are the Red Cross (Lincoln fire and emergency support service) and the Flying Seagull Project.

Donations can be made online here, or to Lincolnshire Co-op Funeral Services on Tritton Road.

Everyone and anybody who knew Tom, or of Tom, is welcome to attend.

Thousands of people came together in the wake of the news, with over £10,000 raised by 625 kind contributors to help the family through the extremely difficult time.

Donations have now topped the £10,000 mark on a fundraising page set up by a friend of the family.

Donations have now topped the £10,000 mark on a fundraising page set up by a friend of the family.

Tributes poured in for the former Priory Witham Academy student, with his mum Helen, step-dad Max and twin brother Jack releasing their own heartfelt tribute.

They said: “Tom was just such an amazing, kind, generous, humorous young man. He was such fun and was happiest when he was making others happy, and he always succeeded in doing that.

“We love you and miss you, Tom, but we remember you with such love, gratitude, and with hearts full of happiness.”