Funeral of Andrea Gada to take place on 18th February

The grandparents of a little girl killed near her home in Sussex have arrived from Zimbabwe for her funeral. Initially the Home Office refused to allow Andrea's grandparents and aunt to come to the UK.

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Funeral of Andrea Gada to take place on Monday

Andrea Gada Credit: family photo

The funeral of five year old Andrea Gada from Sussex, who was killed in a road accident before Christmas, is due to be held next Monday. Her family has been campaigning to get visas for her African grandparents so they can pay their respects. An application has been re-submitted after it was rejected by the Home Office.

Last month they handed in a petition signed by more than 93,000 people to Downing Street and have received a personal reply from the Prime Minister. He told them he has asked the Home Secretary to look into the matter. Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has been supporting the family and has said he is "cautiously optimistic."

Andrea's parents say they dearly wish Andrea's grandparents will be allowed to attend the funeral and "are praying and hoping that this will happen."

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