Harrods under investigation after mesothelioma diagnosis

8th May 2015

Upmarket department store Harrods, which proclaims itself the “world’s most famous”, is being placed under the spotlight today after an ex-employee revealed she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Lingerie seller Sandra Schaverien, 75, is currently appealing for former Harrods colleagues to come forward with any information they may have on the subject. It is believed the store contains asbestos, with the biggest concern coming from the dust in underground tunnels which Mrs Schaverien used to walk through to collect merchandise, standard.co.uk reports.

Irwin Mitchell, her solicitor firm, is now investigating the matter on her behalf. The victim’s diagnosis came two years ago after she had suffered from chest pains and breathing issues, watfordobserver.co.uk notes. This led to Mrs Schaverien needing surgery to re-seal her lungs, and as her health deteriorated she was forced to put her husband, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, into a care home.

Mrs Schaverien has three children and lives in the village of Radlett in Hertfordshire. She worked in the Harrods lingerie department for ten years between 1991 and 2001.

“I hope my former colleagues get in touch as any information, no matter how small, could help get the answers I need,” she said.

A Harrods spokesman said: “We are very sorry to hear of the ill health of a former employee.”