Appeal to help Charlton family in swimming pool tragedy raises £10,000

Gabriel Diya and his daughter, Comfort, died on Christmas Eve (photo: Facebook)

An appeal to help the family of Gabriel Diya, the Charlton pastor who died with two of his children in a hotel swimming pool on Christmas Eve, has raised £10,000.

The JustGiving appeal aims to raise money to support his wife, Olubumni Diya, and her daughter Favour after the tragedy on the Costa Del Sol.

Gabriel Diya was the pastor of Open Heavens church, which meets at St Richard’s church hall on Swallowfield Road. The 52-year-old died with his son Praise-Emmanuel, 16, while they tried to help his nine-year-old daughter, Comfort, after she got into difficulties in the pool at the Club La Costa World, near Fuengirola.

“This fundraiser has been setup to support Bunmi and her daughter Favour and ensure finance is not an additional concern for them in this extremely difficult time. Regardless of whether or not you are able to donate, please remember Bunmi and her family in your prayers, this is certainly something she will appreciate the most,” the fundraising page says.

Spanish police have described the incident as a freak accident and have indicated the case can be closed, however, Olubumni Diya is insistent that her husband and children could swim and wants investigations to continue.

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