Legacy for beloved grandad

The family of Andy Smith hope their fund-raising efforts will be a fitting tribute to him
The family of Andy Smith hope their fund-raising efforts will be a fitting tribute to him
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It’s been a year marred by tragedy for the Smith family.

But today they told of their confidence the next 12 months will allow them to provide a lasting legacy for the beloved grandfather they lost.

The Gazette reported the tragic death of 47-year-old Andy Smith in April, after a long battle against cancer.

But with more than £3,000 raised for Trinity Hospice in his memory since then, his widow and children have told of their hope they can continue their mammoth fund-raising efforts for the Bispham facility into the New Year.

In his final moments a tear ran down dad-of-five Andy’s cheek when daughter Kristen told him her footballer brother Josh had scored the winning goal earlier that night for his AFC Fylde youth side.

A month later Kristen gave birth to Andy’s third grandchild, Ayson, while Josh is now playing for Lancashire under-18s.

And in September, 50 people joined together to walk from Preston to Blackpool in aid of Bispham’s Trinity Hospice, where Andy spent his last days.

Widow Shelley, 42, from Dunes Avenue, South Shore, said: “It’s been difficult and I wasn’t going to but a Christmas tree up this year, but I came home one Saturday and found one put up.

“I’m glad about it now.

“It’s hard but we’ve got to get on with things and we’ve done quite a lot of fund-raising for Trinity.

“We’ve had another grandchild and Josh is doing really well at football.

“It’s hard because Andy spent every weekend with them since they were tiny, and the time and effort he put in with them is getting rewards now.

“Kristen goes down to Andy’s grave daily without fail.” And besides honouring her father at his grave side, Kristen has also made Andrew one of Ayson’s middle names.

Shelley added: “He’s got his grandad’s eyes certainly.

“He loved being a grandad.”