The parents of Andrea Gada have spoken of their relief after their relatives were finally granted visas to attend their daughter’s funeral. Mum Charity said, “It has been so stressful. We came to the point whereby we did not know when it was going to end. But after all this hassle we managed to have a positive result. Having said that we got so much support from the public, from our MP and even from the Prime Minister. It is a relief and we are so grateful.”
Andrea Gada, five, of Downland Close, died on December 17, after a road accident on Friday Street the previous day.
The five-year-old’s funeral was set to go ahead on January 9, but the Home Office denied visas for Andrea’s grandparents, Stanley and Grace Bwanya, and aunt, Monalisa Bwanya, to attend her funeral. After a second refusal for visas, more than 130,000 signed a petition urging the Home Office to let the family pa their last respects. Last week, this was granted, and the family arrived in the UK on Monday. The Bwanyas were granted temporary visas until August 4. Now, nearly two months after the tragic accident, Andrea’s funeral will take place tomorrow, at Kings Church in Hampden Park by Polegate Seventh Day Adventist, at 11.30am. The family said all are welcome. They have asked for mourners to wear pink and white and would prefer people to donate to Rockinghorse or Children with Cancer instead of flowers.