The presentation of the cheque took place on Monday 11 February at Southampton Crematorium.
Southampton Crematorium has raised this money from their Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) recycling of metals scheme. This brings the total that Southampton Crematorium has donated to charities over the past 12 months to £17,000.
HASAG Asbestos Disease Support was nominated by members of the crematorium’s Bereavement Team, following the death in 2018 of former colleague Frank Moore – Crematorium Manager. His family had chosen to support HASAG in his memory.
HASAG was founded in 2006 by Diane Salisbury and Lynne Squibb after their father, Dave Salisbury, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Having experienced first-hand the devastating impact of an asbestos related illness and how little information, guidance and support was available, they decided there was an urgent need for change.
HASAG support patients and their families by helping them claim specific entitlements from the government and also give advice on compensation claims.
HASAG now run four monthly coffee mornings across the south of England. They also continue to raise funds for much needed research, and support Mesothelioma Lung cancer nurses across the south of England. To date HASAG have raised £500,000 for research and Mesothelioma UK.
Alison Squibb, co-founder of HASAG, said:
“Thank you to the members of the Bereavement Services Team that nominated HASAG Asbestos Disease Support.
This is an incredibly generous donation that will enable us to continue to help and support those affected by asbestos related diseases including Mesothelioma a terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
HASAG is committed to improving the lives of those affected by asbestos and have been involved in campaigning and lobbying the government for improved research into treatment and better availability of drugs and specialist medical care.
This is such a kind gesture and from everyone at HASAG we thank you so much for supporting our cause.”
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm, Deputy Leader at Southampton City Council, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that our crematorium is able to offer some funding to HASAG Asbestos Disease Support. We hope this money goes some way to help support the excellent work they do in helping those who have been impacted by asbestos related illness, and helps to reduce future suffering.”