A family has paid tribute to a kind and thoughtful young dad who has died after losing his battle with cancer at the age of just 27.
Halifax father-of-two Hassan Ali died on August 4, leaving a partner, Kelsey, and two children, aged one and four.
He had undergone treatment for testicular cancer after first being diagnosed in July 2018.
It was thought he had beaten the disease but sadly the cancer returned and spread to other organs including his brain.
His younger brother, Mosan, described Hassan as the ‘hero’ of the family for his kindness towards others, particularly during his illness.
Hassan had selflessly volunteered with the local Madni Youth Movement (MYM) group which feeds homeless people and keeps Halifax looking tidy.
“Cancer changed him quite a lot,” said Mosan.
“It put things in perspective for him and he wanted to do more for other people. He volunteered with MYM and a lot of younger people then followed in his footsteps.”
This selfless attitude has now inspired Mosan and other family members to set up a page online to raise funds for good causes at home and abroad.
In just 24 hours the page has received more than £2,000 in donations towards a target of £20,000.
Mosan hopes to give money to the Teenage Cancer Trust and to orphanages abroad.
He said: “Sometimes we carry on our lives happily and merrily and until something tragic happens in our own lives and we realise how short life really is, how lucky we are and what matters the most.
“Whilst we continue our day to day lives there are families, children around the world who are hungry, thirsty, carry water for miles, have no clothing, have no homes or are left alone.
“The money will be distributed to different projects, charities and causes around the world.
“Some will include donations to orphanages to help with clothing, food and upkeep.”
Mosan described his brother as a popular and sociable man who was well-known in social circles in Halifax. He enjoyed football, eating out, meeting friends and helping others.
He was a qualified bricklayer but had been working as an accounts assistant with the family accountancy firm.
Mosan thanked generous donors and also praised the doctors and nurses who had provided treatment to his brother.
You can donate to Mosan’s cause in memory of his brother through the Go Fund Me page which can be found here.