Charity wants to hear asbestos tales

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A Chesterfield charity has been awarded £3800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to collect stories of those affected by asbestos.

The funding will allow Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team to record where and how the deadly substance was used in local industries and will involve interviewing people who worked with asbestos between 1945 and 1999 - when the substance was banned.

Asbestos was widely used in public buildings, houses, trains and cars in the mid-20th century, as it was known to prevent the spread of fire. Many people, involved in construction and repair, who came into contact with the dust have gone on to develop the asbestos cancer, Mesothelioma.

Charity spokeswoman Sarah Walters said: “We are pleased that the HLF agree this is a worthy project. We will share our findings online, creating a webpage and social media profiles which will allow us to raise awareness of asbestos. There is still a lot of asbestos about and we want people to be aware and stay safe.”

Email sarah.walters@asbestossupport.co.uk to share your memories of working with asbestos.