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Protecting our future generations from a hidden killer

(Jo Barnes Mannings & Sarah Morgan -AASC)

ASBESTOS can potentially be found in ANY building built before the year 2000 and so may be present in many homes and public buildings!

Tragically, asbestos currently takes more than twice the number of lives in Wales than road traffic accidents and still remains to be the biggest U.K workplace killer taking over 5000 lives each year! Thankfully, there are precautions that can be taken and support is out there!

Global Asbestos Awareness Week is marked during the first week in April each year and aims to raise awareness of the risks of asbestos exposure and the need for preventative measures.

The global event brings together organisations and individuals from around the world to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.

Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru (AASC) is an independent charity for Wales and provides support to victims of asbestos related illnesses such as asbestosis and the malignant cancer Mesiothelioma and their families.

The charity arranges support groups and events, operates a telephone support service and also signposts to helping agencies and specialist advice services ranging from practical support in the home to benefits and specialist legal advice.

More recently, in response to an increase in enquiries, the charity was delighted to welcome Sarah Morgan (retired Mesothelioma Specialist Nurse) to join the team to provide additional support to families in Wales.

This year, AASC will be holding an event at the Bloomfield Centre in Narberth on 4th April at 2pm to mark this important global event.

Information and advice from various experts and specialists will be available on the day in the hope of protecting our future generations whilst also offering support to those who need it.

The event will be informal and friendly and light refreshments will also be offered at no charge and a warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join us!

For more information, call Jo on 01495 272479 or visit the website http://www.a-a-s-c.org.uk