LONDON (Tert.am) — Kind-hearted students have started a fundraising page for a Croydon lecturer who lived in the Grenfell Tower and lost of all his possessions, including research for his PhD, in the deadly fire which broke out on June 14.
Mesrob Kassemdjian, an ethnic Armenian known as Robbie to his students, managed to escape his 17th floor flat with his girlfriend and elderly auntie before the fire engulfed the building.
The death toll stands at 79 now and is expected to rise.
The teacher of criminology at University Centre Croydon (UCC), based at Croydon College, watched as the building “caught fire like a candle.”
Now, his students, who describe Kassemdjian as “much-loved” are trying to collect £1,500 for him to replace his extensive book collection, laptop and equipment he used to teach and for research into his PhD, which were all lost in the blaze.
On the JustGiving website, one of the organizers of the fundraiser wrote: “We want to try raise money for Robbie so that he can replace these things in order to carry on learning, teaching and researching. If you can make a contribution to help Robbie get back on his feet please do, any contributions will be greatly appreciated.”