A Derby estate agent has offered to make a donation to a city cancer charity every time his company closes a sale – in memory of his “inspirational” mum.
Andrew Sanderson, director of Hilton-based AKS, has agreed to set aside £50 each time he sells a house and give it all to Annabel’s Angels at the end of the year.
Annabel’s Angels was set up in 2014 and helps Derbyshire families living with cancer with day-to-day living costs, by funding clothing, food, white goods and fuel for their cars.
Run entirely by volunteers, it has helped more than 250 families in its time and gives them £300 each time on average.
Andrew, who originally hails from Essex and set up his business in 2014, lost his beloved mum Carol from cancer two years ago and, wishing to do something positive, decided he wanted to set up a foundation in her memory.
However, after meeting with volunteers from Annabel’s Angels and hearing about their work, he decided to help through his company.
He said: “I know from my mum’s battle with cancer how horrible the whole situation is, but I can’t imagine how much more difficult it must be to have to deal with financial stress at the same time.
“With that in mind, I’m very proud to be partnering with a charity that does so much good work to help people in that situation and it’s exciting to know that the more properties we sell, the more money we will raise.
“Cancer is a horrible disease and I have wanted to do something in my mum’s memory for a while. She was such a wonderful person and a real inspiration to me, and without her encouragement, I wouldn’t have set this business up, which makes this partnership even more fitting.”
Simon Hancox, chair of Annabel’s Angels, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Andrew for agreeing to raise money for our charity through AKS Residential and we hope that he sells lots of houses during the rest of the year!
“We know all too well how deeply cancer can affects so many people’s lives and we’re touched by Andrew’s decision to turn the pain of losing his mum into a positive gesture that will benefit so many families who are currently experiencing that pain themselves.”