Team raises over £500 for asbestos charity

23rd September 2014

As thousands of people took to the streets this weekend for the Bristol Half Marathon, a team of doctors and lawyers joined them to raise money for Mesothelioma UK.

The charity, which supports victims of asbestos disease and their families, is a cause close to the hearts of the Swindon based team, reports The group was made up of specialist nurses from the oncology department at the Great Western Hospital and lawyers from Novum Law who specialise in asbestos-related claims.

Known as the ‘Swindon Disease’ due to the high numbers of people who have been affected in the town; mesothelioma kills thousands of people in the UK alone every year.

One of the runners, specialist lung cancer nurse Rachel Smith, said: “Every day my colleagues and I see the devastating impact that mesothelioma can have on patients and their families. It’s great to do something like this to raise awareness and money for a good cause.”

Lawyer Graeme Chisholm has conducted many claims for people in the local area who have contacted mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. He was delighted to be able to raise money for such a vital charity and was overwhelmed by the support.

“We set out to raise £500 but it looks like we might closer to £1,000 thanks to the generosity of all those who have supported us,” he explained. “Anyone still wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting our ‘Make-a-difference’ JustGiving page.”

Race director Georgette Hoof was pleased at how well the annual event went. She said to Bristol Post: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and all of the hundreds of volunteers who all did a fantastic job.”