Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich/Lithuania: Donations flood in to help grieving widow after husband is found dead in Ipswich street

18:50 20 November 2012

Donatas Kislauskas who was found collapsed and died in Queen Street on November 3.

Donatas Kislauskas who was found collapsed and died in Queen Street on November 3.

Archant

MORE than £1,600 has been raised to help a grieving widow fly the body of her husband – found dead in an Ipswich street – back to Lithuania to lay him to rest.

shares

Donatas Kislauskas, of Wherstead Road, was found dead in Queen Street on November 3.

Leaving their home, friends and family in Vilnius, Lithuania, Mr Kislauskas and his wife Dovile Cepliejute moved to the UK three years ago.

Tragedy struck when the 29-year-old, pictured, went out to celebrate getting his first permanent job in the area – he had been temping at various companies since moving to Ipswich.

Police investigations have revealed the father-of-one was spotted on CCTV appearing to be drunk on the Cornhill at 4am.

He was found by a member of the public in Queen Street shortly before 7am.

Today Dovile, the now single mum to two-year-old Christopher, is waiting for further test results to help reveal what caused her husband’s death.

A post mortem carried out proved inconclusive, prompting police to order further toxicology tests.

She is desperate to raise enough money to fly her husband’s body back to Lithuania and lay him to rest.

Paying tribute at the time, Dovile said: “My husband was a very good man and a wonderful father.”

Stepping in to help during her time of need, the recruitment agency StaffBank who helped find Mr Kislauskas a permanent role, has appealed to the businesses and the public for help to support the family during their difficult time.

Louise Sandham, branch manager at StaffBank said so far around £1,600 has been raised through a raffle and donations – including one from Celotex, the firm where Mr Kislauskas had just secured a job before he died.

Miss Sandham told The Star: “So many people have been so generous, Dovile is really overwhelmed by everybody coming forward to help.

“She is still finding it very difficult to come to terms with and is awaiting more post mortem results this week.”

Anyone who would like to donate to help Mr Kislauskas’s family should call StaffBank on 01473 216400.

Anyone with information which may help police should call 101.

Pay your tributes to Donatas. E-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

Related articles

shares

0 comments

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu, Nepa. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A team of six Essex firefighters and rescue dog Darcy have been deployed to Nepal to assist with the earthquake recovery operation.

Tom Challis and Julia Carroll just before they left to travel the world in February.

The parents of Julia Carroll, from Boxford, have told how the 22-year-old made contact via Facebook to confirm she was safe after escaping Nepal earthquake.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Shawn Leek is feeling the pain today having run more than 180 miles in the past week - ending with the London Marathon this afternoon.

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society

Thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died during the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign have been commemorated on the centenary of the offensive in Ipswich today.

The Orwell District Scouts St George's Day open air service by the Leisure Centre in Felixstowe on Sunday

Scouts and Guides proudly raised their flags and paraded through Suffolk towns today to mark St George’s Day.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

Fire in Great Yeldham - stock photo

A ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged when fire crews arrived at the scene this afternoon.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after footage showed him punching and slapping his two Labradors has had the disqualification reduced from 15 years to 10.

The Revd Martin Dawes with his model train lay out at Woodbridge Methodist Church during the Toy and Model Train Show.

The pews were transformed into platforms and hymn sheets were discarded in favour of timetables as a church was transformed into a model railway network.

Suffolk Cycle Sportive for St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water.

A charity has reported a rise in the number of women joining their annual Suffolk Sportive cycle event in the wake of the high-profile Women Tour passing through the county.

Most read

Topic pages