The founding trustees are Annabel, Peter & Adrian Kanabus. Caroline Shelton has also been appointed. Caroline is a partner in the law firm Irwin Mitchell.
The medical advisers are doctors or other health professionals, who individually or collectively advise the trustees on the merit of grant applications. Medical advisers are initially appointed for a five year term.
It is unclear how much money the Foundation will have in a few years time, but currently it has about a million pounds.
The million pounds has been inherited from Annabel’s father, the late Sir Robert Sainsbury, who had a large stake in the Sainsbury supermarket business. Further significant money is going to come from the sale of the farm where the Kanabus family currently live.
Annabel Kanabus suffered from extreme pain for many years after a successful operation to cure her cancer of the tongue. Although the pain is now well controlled, the family would like the unexpected receipt of such a large amount of money from the farm, to help prevent other people going through such a difficult time.