Community fun day in memory of tragic Andrea


The community of Langney is holding an event to support a campaign for a crossing in Friday Street after the death of five-year-old Andrea Gada.

On Saturday April 25 there will be a Family Fun Day at the Langney Shopping Centre, which is also supporting the event.

The event will run from 10am-4pm with singing from Shinewater Primary School choir at 1pm and 1.45pm as well as a fancy dress competition being judged at 2.15pm.

Shinewater Primary School headteacher Theresa Buttery said, “This event will be in memory of Andrea.

“The school and Andrea’s family are totally committed to raising awareness on road safety as well as working with the wider community to raise money to be put towards a new crossing.”

All the money raised will be put in a Road Safety Fund and used for a Community Match Funding bid to East Sussex County Council to provide a new crossing in Friday Street.

The Fun Day activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, children’s tattoo and nail painting, sponsored head shaving and hair dying, and lots more. Each trader will be supporting in their own way.

Irene Smithers, the Community Champion for Langney’s Tesco store, is helping to organise the day and said, “We are inviting people to wear something pink, in memory of Andrea, and the children to come along in fancy dress.”

Local children will be helping with bag packing in Tesco and Iceland for a small donation.

The entertainment will continue into the evening at the Kingfisher Tavern, with a pool and darts tournament and a Rock ‘n Roll music and dance group, and karaoke.

People are invited to go along at any time during the day and lend their support.

Andrea Gada was hit by a car in Friday Street on December 17 as she walked home from school with her father Wellington and stepped out into the road.

The community rallied round and raised thousands of pounds so her grandparents and aunt could fly in from Zimbabwe for the funeral.

But a lengthy row followed with the Home Office which refused to grant visas for the family to attend.

Eventually after a personal plea to politicians and a
 120, 000 signature petition, the family was granted the visas and Andrea’s funeral was held at Kings Church in Eastbourne.

Andrea’s parents Wellington and Charity Gada are from Zimbabwe and were granted asylum in the UK.

An online petition for either a traffic signal controlled crossing or a zebra crossing in Friday Street reached more than 700 signatures, while residents are also asking for the speed limit to be reduced from 40 to 30mph.