One of the Fund’s greatest supporters, the Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (HASAG), has donated another £15,000 to the JHMRF from the proceeds of fundraising activities involving more than 150 families on Action Mesothelioma Day. They held a dove release and a public meeting in the gardens of The Queens Hotel, Southsea on 4 July 2014.
HASAG is an independent campaigning organisation and registered charity set up by two sisters Dianne and Lynne. They desperately wanted to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos after losing their father, Dave Salisbury, to mesothelioma in December 2005. He was exposed to asbestos while working at Eastleigh Railway Works.
The sisters soon realised how many other people in the area were suffering from their exposure to asbestos and identified the need for a support group, which now meets regularly to plan campaigns and awareness-raising activities. The sisters first attended Action Mesothelioma Day in 2008, and since then have raised thousands of pounds for research into asbestos illness.
JHMRF trustee Kimberley Stubbs said, “HASAG’s support for our Fund has been invaluable and has helped ensure that our charity can continue to fund high quality research into mesothelioma. We are incredibly grateful.”
Lynne Squibb of HASAG said, “We hope our donation will go a small way to help with further research.”
To find out more about HASAG visit www.hasag.co.uk.