A NEW charity has been set up in memory of a St Helens man who died of a heart attack this summer, aged just 44.
Despite being fit and healthy, dad-of-three Andy Shaw was struck down with a fatal aortic aneurysm on Father’s Day - to the shock and dismay of devastated friends and family.
But, since the tragedy, his parents, David and Theresa, wife, Rachel, and sister, Lisa, have set up the Andy Shaw Foundation in his honour - to raise vital funds for charitable causes that were important to him.
Among the causes are The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester and the St Helens-based charity the HoneyRose Foundation, which organises special days for adults with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
Andy’s mum, Theresa, told the Reporter: “Andrew would have loved to think that his name was being used to support both causes.
“Although he died of a heart attack - not cancer - he was an admirer of the work of The Christie hospital. And the HoneyRose Foundation is a local charity which would have been perfect for someone of his age.”
Andy, a former St John Vianney, St Edmund Campion and West Park Grammar School pupil, completed a degree in economic history at Liverpool University in the 1980s before securing a job with HM Customs & Excise.
From an early age, Andy, a big Saints fan, hoarded rugby league match programmes, shirts and other rugby souvenirs - a collection which remains intact at his parents’ home to this day!
Working in recent years as a director of VAT for Deloitte, the grandfather-of-one was also a keen supporter of son Alex’s junior football team.
A tribute penned by his wife, parents and sister read: “Andy was a totally dedicated, generous, caring and loving family man who provided a secure and happy home for his family.
“He was a real people person, always making sure he did his utmost to help others develop and achieve their potential. Andy pushed himself daily, he took great pride in his work and his family and settled for nothing but the best.”
To add your support to the Andy Shaw Foundation, go online at: www.justgiving.com/TheAndyShawFoundation