The parents of Andrea Gada have spoken of their relief after their relatives were finally granted visas to attend their daughter’s funeral.
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.
Charity and Wellington Gada, Andrea’s parents thanked the Eastbourne community for their support, and MP Stephen Lloyd for pushing the issue.
They also thanked Andrea’s school, Shinewater Primary, Langney Tescos and Morrisons in Hampden Park, which is allowing mourners to park there at Andrea’s funeral next week.
The family also expressed their thanks to Simpsons Private Hire in Heathfield, who collected the relatives from the airport for free.
Andrea’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, February 18, at Kings Church in Hampden Park by Polegate Seventh Day Adventist, at 11.30am.
The family have asked for mourners to wear pink and white and said they would prefer people to donate to Rockinghorse or Children with Cancer instead of flowers.
“It will mean a lot to us to help those children,” said Wellington.