PICTURE GALLERY: Eastbourne bids farewell to tragic Andrea Gada

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Hundreds of mourners joined the family of Andrea Gada to say their final farewells at her funeral in Eastbourne today (February 18).

In a moving ceremony at Kings Church, tributes were paid to the five-year-old ‘princess’, with those who knew her describing how she lit up their lives.

Andrea Gada Funeral Kings Church Eastbourne East Sussex SUS-150218-134346001

Andrea Gada Funeral Kings Church Eastbourne East Sussex SUS-150218-134346001

Andrea’s mum and dad Charity and Wellington were joined by their sons Takura and Victor, as well as Charity’s parents and sister who finally obtained visas to say their goodbyes.

Andrea was taken from the Gada home in Downland Close by horse and carriage, to Kings Church, and mourners were dressed in pink and white, Andrea’s favourite colours

Readings were given by relatives on behalf of Charity and Wellington, who called their daughter an ‘angel’.

Her brother Takura spoke and said, “She was my inspiration, and my whole motivation to succeed.

“She always gave that smile that made everything seem fine. I consider myself lucky to have had Andrea in my life. She taught me a lot of things.”

Andrea’s grandmother and grandfather paid moving tributes to the five-year-old, and headteacher of Shinewater Primary School Theresa Buttery shared her memories of Andrea.

MP Stephen Lloyd spoke at the funeral and said Charity and Wellington were ‘an inspiration’.

With hymns and prayers, Andrea was finally led out to her favourite song ‘Let it Go’, form the Disney film frozen.

The funeral party then made their way to Langney Cemetery for Andrea’s burial.

Andrea Gada died on December 17 after a road accident on Friday Street on her way home from school.

Her parents described Andrea as their ‘princess’ in a tribute to her, here.

After a visa battle with the Home Office, Andrea’s grandparents and aunt were finally able to come to the UK to attend her funeral, and the family spoke of their relief here.

Anyone wishing to donate in Andrea’s memory can do so by cheque payable to either Children With Cancer Fund or Rockinghorse, and sent to c/o Adela Funeral Homes, 45 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UT.

The Herald was invited to attend the funeral by the Gada family.