Jason Kanabus

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Jason Kanabus (15 June 1976 – 6 July 2006) was a member of the Sainsbury supermarket family, and on his death he left £2.5 million to charity.

Working life and hobby[edit]

Jason Kanabus was brought up on his parents' farm in Sussex, his mother Annabel Kanabus being the youngest daughter of Sir Robert Sainsbury. He attended the local comprehensive school and on leaving school he studied at Brinsbury agricultural college before deciding to work on the family farm.

Jason Kanabus's hobby was Lawn mower racing, and he was a successful racer, regularly winning races as well as helping to further develop the sport.[1]

Cancer and death[edit]

In June 2004 he was diagnosed with cancer and despite undergoing operations and chemotherapy the cancer progressed. On his 30th birthday on 15 June 2006 he inherited £2.5 million from a trust fund set up for him by his grandfather. Just three weeks later he was told by doctors at the Royal Marsden hospital that he was terminally ill and that he probably only had a few months to live. The next day he collapsed and died.[2]

After his death, his mother wrote in his memory the popular web page, "Am I Going to Die?" to help other families with a young person facing a terminal illness,[3] as well as a website about TB,[4] as this is a disease that kills so many young people of Jason's age.

Legacy for farming[edit]

In his will he left the whole of the £2.5 million he had inherited to the Prince's Trust, with the request that the money be used to help young people become established in farming.[5] There has since been some controversy over the use of the Fund by the Prince's Trust, with claims being made that the Trust was not using the legacy as requested.[6]


  1. ^ "The British Lawn Mower Racing Association Race Report 99". Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  2. ^ Smith-Squire, Alison (26 May 2007). "MailOnline The tragic Sainsbury's heir who gave away his millions". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Am I going to die? Living with a progressive disease". Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  4. ^ "TB". Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Prince's Trust - The Jason Kanabus Fund". Retrieved 2 December 2008.
  6. ^ Booth, Robert (14 February 2008). "The grocer v the Prince 14th February 2008". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 November 2008.