Chichester widow given three days to pay £1,000 for husband’s cremation

Rita Dunderdale at home in Swanfield Drive
Rita Dunderdale at home in Swanfield Drive

A CHICHESTER widow has been told she needs to pay £1,000 by Monday (February 16), if she wants her husband to be cremated.

As reported in full here, 69-year-old Rita Dunderdale was in Spain with her husband Ricky, 79, when he passed away.

However, because Rita wishes Ricky’s funeral to take place in Spain, she is unable to get support from the Department of Work and Pensions as it does not fund overseas funerals.

She is now back at home in Swanfield Drive, but has been billed €4,122.61 bill for his body to be cremated in Spain – which is £3,048.09.

“I got a phone call from the manager in Spain this morning,” she said, “he wanted £1,000 by Monday.

“I only get £148 per week, it would take me weeks to save £1,000.”

She said the Spanish crematorium was asking her to pay £1,000 by Monday, which marks a month since he died on January 16.

Since then, she has been forced to see her husband remain in a Spanish morgue.

“If I give them everything I have I wouldn’t be able to survive,” she said.

“I was actually shocked (to receive the phone call). He phoned me twice and I went ‘okay, I appreciate that but it’s not my fault the government aren’t paying for the funeral’.”

A Facebook group has been made called Let Rick rest in Spain at

There is a fundraising page at