Thousands raised for five-year-old’s funeral

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The Eastbourne community have showed their compassion and generosity by digging deep this Christmas to raise almost £5,000 for the funeral of five-year-old Andrea Gada.

Andrea was tragically hit by a car on Friday Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 16 and passed away at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, a day later.

Her family set up a fundraising page last week in the hope of raising enough money to fly a few close family members over from Zimbabwe to attend the little girl’s funeral.

Money came flooding in and within the first 24 hours, more than £1,000 had already been donated. At the time of going to press, a week later, the total stands at £4,650 - just £350 below the target set by Andrea’s devastated family.

On the site, Andrea’s dad Wellington Gada writes, “We are raising funds for her subsidised funeral costs and to help get a few close family members to come from Zimbabwe to pay their last respects and help us emotionally through our ordeal.

“My family and I are humbled by your generosity. Thank you very much for all your continuous support and comforting messages. God bless you all.”

More than 250 people have donated to the cause, with many of them posting messages of love and support alongside their donation on the Go Fund Me website.

Andrea was walking home from Shinewater Primary School with her dad and eight-year-old brother Victor when she was hit by a light blue Ford Fusion travelling north west along Friday Street, near the junction of Shinewater Lane. The incident happened just 80 metres from the family’s home in Downland Close.

Andrea was flown by the Kent, Sussex and Surrey air ambulance service to St George’s Hospital with serious head injuries but sadly died a day later on Wednesday, December 17.

Her heartbroken parents, Wellington and Charity Gada, and her brothers Takura, 16, and Victor, eight, paid a touching tribute to their ‘princess’, who loved the popular Disney film, Frozen. Dad Wellington said, “She is all over the house, in the pictures. She is the princess. She ruled the whole house. I am going to miss her, she’s such an inspiration to me. I was learning a lot from her about love. Each night before she went to bed we’d get a kiss and a hug.”

Mum Charity added, “She was a clever girl, and loved attending Shinewater Primary School. She was writing her Christmas cards for her classmates, she wanted to put chocolate coins in each one.

Andrea’s funeral service will take place on Friday, January 9 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hailsham Road, Polegate at 11.30 am, followed by burial at Langney Cemetery at 2pm.

The family would like pink or white to be worn and they also request no flowers. Donations in her memory may be made to either Children With Cancer Fund or Rockinghorse, sent c/o Adela Funeral Homes, telephone 01323 643999. To donate to Andrea’s funeral costs, visit www.gofundme.com/j7aiks.