Fundraiser launched to help UK based family of Ethiopian Airlines crash victim travel to Kenya for burial

Joseph Waithaka
55-year-old dual British and Kenyan national Joseph Waithaka has been identified as one of the victims in the Ethiopian Airline crash. Photo: Ben Kuria

A church leader has launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable the Hull-based relatives of dual-national Joseph Waithaka travel to Kenya so they can bury his body.

The Kenyan-born British national, who died after Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crashed soon after take-off on March 10, had lived in Hull for over a decade, where he worked for the probation service and was a volunteer at Humbercare.

Now, to enable close family members get the chance to say a final goodbye to the 55-year-old father of three, Steve Whittington, a leader at Jubilee Church Hull, has set up a fundraiser to raise the £9,000 needed.

Speaking about the fundraiser, Mr Whittington wrote: “Finance is urgently needed to help repatriate the body and allow close family members to travel from the UK to bury their father and husband in Kenya. A memorial service will also be held in the UK.

“All funds will be administered by Jubilee Church Hull and will be allocated to the needs of the family. Any funds remaining will be used for charitable purposes decided by the family.”

If you would like to support this campaign, please visit the Jubilee Church Go Fund Me page.

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