Sarah O'Connor Funeral Fund
Sarah O'Connor died on Sunday 16th of September at the age of 57 years old. She was a victim of and campaigner for the rights of the Windrush Generation , who have been victims of the hostile immigration environment. Find out more about Sarah's life here .
Her daughter Stephanie shared this with us: "I recently took her to the Lake District for a few days after all she had been through for a break and this was taken there. Despite all she had been through and how sometimes wanted to give up she still always found a reason to smile. She was so bubbly and the bravest woman I know. This is how I want to remember her. She always wanted to go back to Jamaica or on a holiday to Hawaii but as she couldn’t get a passport this dream unfortunately didn’t happen and by the time she could apply for one it was too late! I hate how I will never get to see her go abroad which is why I want to scatter her ashes in Jamaica or Hawaii. Somewhere hot, where she can rest in peace something that she couldn’t do in life. After everything she has done and been through she deserves that! I’m so proud of the woman she was and the people she touched. I will carry on the fight for her as I know she would want that."
It is unjust for the government to expect a traumatised community to design a scheme caused by their own wrong doing. It is clear that a number of the victims of the Windrush Scandal are worried that the government has no intention to meet the principles of restorative justice recognised by UK and international law. Sadly Theresa May and Sajid Javid instead wants to create a pound shop compensation scheme which will not reflect the emotional and financial lost caused by the hostile environment and further undermine the value and contribution particularly of British people of Caribbean heritage.
Thus, I have launched a new petition which I hope all parliamentarians across all the political parties will advocate again for the Windrush Generation and their children to get the compensation scheme they deserve, otherwise there will be numerous legal actions in the courts which the tax payer and the victims of this major tragedy will loss out with additional suffering and trauma.
Let's do this for Sarah O'Connor, Dexter Bristol, those who were deported illegally by the government and died in the Caribbean and every one who has been affected by the hostile immigration environment.
The family do not want any film crews or television production companies filming the service in the chapel or outside.
We want everyone to respect the family's wishes as this a difficult time in coming to terms with the loss of their mother.
When they are ready they will conduct any interviews post the service. There are no plans for a reception after the service but the family are considering a fundraiser to support the Windrush Justice Fund https://www.gofundme.com/windrush-justice-fund and to continue the legacy of Sarah's campaign for justice and proper compensations to those affected by the hostile environment.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind generosity in their donations for my mums funeral. It’s going to be a difficult and emotional day saying goodbye to an amazing mum and woman who I hope has helped many people and raised awareness on the Windrush scandal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"Thank you for your generous donation. It means so much to myself and my family in this difficult time.
"Mum was such a strong, kind, helpful woman who in the last year fought for her rights alongside all the Windrush generation. I can’t be any prouder of her and all the donations received will go to giving her the send off she so deserves. "
Please find a message from Sarah's daughter, Stephanie: "Sarah’s funeral will be the 3rd October at south Essex crematorium (east chapel) at 3pm. We will not be wearing black. Please let anyone know that may want to attend.
"It has now been confirmed that she died due to Hypertensive Heart Disease. Please thank everyone for there support and kind messages in what has been a difficult time for her family. " https://southessexcrematorium.co.uk/contact-us/