Daughter of Ethiopian Airlines crash victim thanks city of Hull for its support but fears it could be 6 months before her father is laid to rest

Joseph Waithaka
Joseph Waithaka.

The daughter of a man from Hull who died in the Ethiopian plane crash earlier this month has thanked the city for its support in helping to raise the necessary funds to pay for the family to travel to East Africa after the airline only agreed to pay for two members of the family to visit the crash site and fly into Kenya. However, she has addedshe fears it could be six months before they are able to lay her father to rest.

Joseph  Waithaka, a dual British and Kenyan national, was among the 157 people tragically killed on board flight ET302 which crashed on Sunday 10 March 2019. 

The father-of-three lived in Hull and worked for Humberside Probation Trust before returning to Kenya in 2015. He had been visiting family, including son Ben Kuria in Croydon and a grandchild in Hull. He then flew back to Africa when tragedy struck.

His daughter Zipporah Kuria was among family members who flew out to Africa on Wednesday partly thanks to an online fundraiser set up by the church community in Hull.

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.

To support the fundraiser, please visit the GoFundMe page.

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