Cathedral tribute to the asbestos victims

Margaret Bailey with a picture of her father, Bill, who died in 2003 of Mesothelioma
Margaret Bailey with a picture of her father, Bill, who died in 2003 of Mesothelioma

A RIPLEY woman whose father died of cancer caused by asbestos is travelling to Derby Cathedral next week for a memorial for the victims of mesothelioma.

Margaret Bailey’s father, Bill Hunt, died of the disease in 2003, after he was exposed to asbestos while working as a maintenance engineer.

On Wednesday the names of more than 100 victims who have died of mesothelioma in Derby and the East Midlands will be projected onto Derby Cathedral to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos. Margaret said: “The tribute will be a way of remembering my dear father, a man who enjoyed his family and home and holidays in the Lake District. He liked nothing better than creating things for his home and garden. We are so sad and angry; his work killed him with mesothelioma.”

The event is being organised by the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST). Co-ordinator Joanne Gordon said: “Deaths due to mesothelioma should never have happened.  We want to raise awareness to the continued dangers of exposure to asbestos whilst paying tribute to all those who have died of this devastating cancer.” 

There will be an official ceremony to switch on the illumination of Derby Cathedral at 7pm on February 29, followed by one-minute’s silence. Over the past year DAST has helped and supported 82 people suffering from asbestos-related diseases in Derbyshire and a total of 257 families across the East Midlands.