Families affected by the dangerous dust asbestos are being asked to find out more about the help and advice available to them at a meeting on Thursday, April 26

Portsmouth Trades Council in association with one of the UK’s leading claimant personal injury law firms, Thompsons Solicitors is holding the event at The Labour Club on Arundel Street, Fratton, Portsmouth.

The meeting will be a chance for the hundreds of asbestos victims in Hampshire to learn more about the support available to them.

Asbestos affects many people in the Hampshire area who worked in the shipbuilding industry, at Eastleigh train depot or as joiners, builders, plumbers and engineers.

The dust can cause devastating fatal diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

It can also have a debilitating affect on those exposed to the dust through conditions like pleural plaques and pleural thickening.

Exposure to Asbestos in the Workplace

John Hall from Thompsons Solicitors, which has offices in Southampton, will tell the meeting how sufferers and their families can claim for compensation for exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

Mr Hall said: "Asbestos affects many families in the Hampshire area, many of whom have never heard of diseases like mesothelioma or asbestosis until they are in the doctor’s surgery.

"We want to let people know what their options are if they have been exposed to asbestos. This meeting will be a chance for victims and their families to find out what legal help is available and where they can go to get support."

Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group, set up by two sisters, Diane McLellan and Lynne Squibb, whose father died following exposure to asbestos, will also address the meeting.

The group aims to give emotional support to those most affected by asbestos related diseases.

Megan Dobney, of the South East region TUC (SERTUC) will talk about exposure to asbestos in the work place during the meeting, which begins at 7.30pm.

For more information contact Portsmouth Trades Council Secretary, Louis MacDonald at louismacdonald@ntlworld.com or on 02392 649046