A Stanmore family has continued their late son’s legacy by setting up a charitable foundation in his name to help support others who have gone through a similar situation.
Andy Sarsby, who was a popular hairdresser from the village, tragically passed away in December 2019 at the age of just 28 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier in the year.
His family decided to set up the Andy Sarsby Foundation to raise awareness about blood cancer and have recently worked with We Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS), a German-based charity, for what would have been his 29th birthday on March 31.
Speaking to StanmoreNews, Andy’s girlfriend, Ginelle Kay, said: “Andy was the kindest and most generous person his friends and family had the honour to know. He was an incredibly passionate hairdresser, who planned to open his own hair salon a mere two weeks after he was diagnosed.
“He used his skills with hair and passion for helping others to develop his own charity, that enabled the homeless community to be given free haircuts by him on the streets of London. He had many goals in life, all of which centred around being charitable and looking out for those who needed help.”
The family have urged people aged between 17 and 55 to register with DKMS to request a swab kit to be sent to your home and to potentially save a life as a result.
Ginelle added: “Andy was always talking about the good things that he wanted to do when he was better, and our hope Is that we can live that out for him to make him proud.
“We also want to give back to everyone that helped him and help people who are going through something similar to him along their journey. I think that would be a huge achievement for us.”
Ginelle also highlighted the #BeingAnAndy campaign that encouraged everyone to do a charitable act on his birthday and thanked everyone for the messages she has received as a result.
The foundation has raised more than £16,000 so far. To donate, head to uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search Richard Sarsby.
You can also follow their progress on Instagram @AndySarsbyFoundation.