Man Up call in memory of GP

James (18), Oliver (14), Sue and Christian Barsby (18) with their Mam Up For Mick wristbands.
James (18), Oliver (14), Sue and Christian Barsby (18) with their Mam Up For Mick wristbands.
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A phrase that an inspirational doctor used to motivate his teenage sons is the logo for a new fund raising campaign in his memory.

“Man Up For Mick’’ will be emblazoned on wristbands being sold in honour of Dr Michael Barsby who died in November last year at the age of 43.

“Man Up’’ was what the much loved GP, who was based at Kiddrow Lane Health Centre in Burnley for 16 years, used to say to his three boys, twins Christian and James (18) and 14-year-old Oliver, when they needed a bit of motivation.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 Dr Barsby underwent pioneering surgery in Germany for the disease but complications arising from the operation caused internal bleeding which led to his death.

The boys and their mum, Mrs Sue Barsby, who was married to the GP for 20 years after they met at the age of 16, were spurred on to do more fundraising after a naked calendar raised the grand total of £18,000 for Pancreatic Cancer. Organised by the Crossfit Gym in Clitheroe, members, including Dr Barsby, posed for the calendar which sold 1,500 copies.

Sue said: “We were blown away by the success of the calendar, but this time wanted to do something just to celebrate Mick’s memory and to remember him on his birthday.

“We hope the bands will remind people to think about others and what they may be going through, whatever their struggle.”

Around 1,000 wristbands have been produced and are available in Clitheroe, where the family live, from the Sarah Rose gift shop, Tallulah Jo’s Nails and Beauty, Crossfit gym and from Saks Hair and Beauty in Whalley. Money raised from the sale of the wristbands will be donated to The Sanctuary in Langho.