The family of a Leeds woman who died from an asbestos related disease is searching for information about her employment with Leeds County Council.

Sheila Dobson, died aged 59 in October 2009 after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and there is no cure.

Did you work at the Leeds Education Department Youth Employment Office?

It’s believed that Sheila, who left behind her second husband, three children and four grandchildren, was exposed to asbestos while working as an office junior for the Leeds Education Department Youth Employment Office.

She worked in the Old Education Building on Great George Street from 1967 until 1971.

She was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2009 after suffering from pneumonia. Sadly she died just a few months later. Following her death her children contacted asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors for advice about claiming compensation.

Information needed about the Old Education Building on Great George Street

They would like anyone who worked for the Youth Employment Office in Leeds from 1967 to 1971 to come forward. They are particularly interested in information about any building work or renovations carried out at the Great George Street premises between 1967 and 1971.

Sheila’s son, Ian Ellis said: “My mum’s diagnosis came as a huge shock to her. She was always very active. Her battle with asbestos cancer was very painful and distressing. It means a great deal to the family to find out more about how she was exposed to asbestos. We would urge anyone who was employed alongside my mum at Leeds Education Department Youth Employment Office or any contractors who worked on the George Street offices at the time to come forward with any information.”

Marion Voss of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused only by exposure to asbestos. In order to build up an accurate picture of Mrs Dobson’s exposure to asbestos it is important we speak to anyone who can recall working in the Old Education Building on Great George Street between 1967 and 1971.”

Anyone who has any information should contact Marion Voss on 08000 224 224.

This news story was also published by Yorkshire Evening Post.