Remembering the Victims of Asbestos Exposure

Friends and family gathered today to remember their loved ones who died from an asbestos-related condition. The memorial, organised by Clydeside Action on Asbestos, provides a place where people can come along and spend some time reflecting on their own memories, and on the toll of the widespread use of asbestos in Scotland.

Phyllis Craig MBE, Director, stated ‘This is the sixth year we have hosted an event specifically for those who have lost their lives to asbestos-related disease. We want to highlight the extent of the loss that is felt when a loved one dies. Immediate family are left bereft with feelings of loss and grief, and the extended network of family, friends and colleagues are also affected by the loss. The tragic fact is that the loss of a life was actually preventable. The dangers of asbestos were known for decades before any steps were taken to protect people from the dangers of asbestos.’

Gary Smith, Director added ‘We need to remember that it is not only men who worked in traditional industries who have lost their lives. Women who have been exposed to asbestos can also develop an asbestos-related disease. Mesothelioma, an incurable tumour in the lining of the lung, causes around 2,500 deaths in the UK each year. In 2015 407 of those who died were women. It is important to highlight this on Action Mesothelioma Day.

Jane Capaldi, who has mesothelioma, will be speaking at the memorial service. Jane added’ I was 63 when I was diagnosed with mesothelioma. I was absolutely floored by the diagnosis and could not take in that my illness was terminal and that it was caused by asbestos exposure. I have to live with this now and am thankful for every day I have.’

Jim Kelso, Acting Chair added ‘We are extremely grateful to Jane for having the courage to share her story at the memorial service. People travel across Scotland to attend so she will be reaching a lot of people. One of the wonderful parts of the event is having the chance to meet people from Glasgow, Ayr, Edinburgh, Forth Valley, Greenock and further afield. There is a real sense of community and support, which is why the memorial is so important to those who come along.’

Remembering Audrey



Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford

Memorial Fund


Scottish nurses are to benefit from a new fund that has been launched by Clydeside Action on Asbestos (CAA). The charity has been able to launch the fund following a donation from Dr Michael Crawford in memory of his late wife, Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford, who died as a result of mesothelioma in 2013.

Phyllis Craig of CAA:

Audrey was our dear friend and colleague. She was working as a GP at the time she was diagnosed but came into our office one day saying she wanted to help. She was a source of inspiration to everyone who came into contact with her. When we received the donation from Dr Crawford we agreed that it would be a fitting tribute to Audrey to use it for the benefit of nurses who come into contact with patients with mesothelioma. We are delighted to be in a position where we can contribute to learning about mesothelioma

Nurses will be able to apply to the fund for help with the costs of participating in Continued Professional Development where their learning from the courses or events will be of direct benefit to patients with mesothelioma.

Dr Michael Crawford: My family is delighted to be able to assist Clydeside Action on Asbestos in establishing the CAA Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford Memorial Fund. This is particularly important in the context of the limited funding for education which is available to nursing staff to support their ongoing Continuing Professional Development requirements. I know that Audrey herself would be very honoured to have her name associated with this initiative which should help to improve the care and comfort that can be provided for mesothelioma patients.

Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford Memorial Fund


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