Animal welfare

Air crash victim's legacy lives on with animal charity

BBC Radio Devon

An animal welfare charity has been created in memory of a 36-year-old woman who died when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after take off from Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa airport in 2019.

Joanna Toole
Joanna Toole Foundation

Jo Toole, who was brought up in Exmouth, was one of 157 passengers and crew who died when the Boeing 737 crashed.

Since then the aircraft has been grounded - banned from flying by aviation authorities around the world.

Ms Toole had been working on the issue of marine debris for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

To "ensure that her legacy endures and her mission continues" friends and family have created the Joanna Toole Foundation "to continue the global work of campaigner Joanna Toole in advancing the welfare of animals, in particular that of marine fauna".