Sat 9th March sees the continuation of the Community Initiative with the arrival of Asbestos Action Tayside to Dens for the visit of Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Dundee FC Supporters’ Society spoke to Alison Blake about AAT, and the problems the charity deal with.Asbestos Action Tayside (covering the East of Scotland) is a Scottish charity set up to provide practical and emotional support and advice to those who have an asbestos related disease.Most people have heard of asbestosis but asbestosis is just one of 5 different diseases which relate to asbestos. The five diseases are pleural plaques, pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer and mesothelioma. The last two are fatal as there is no known cure. The average life expectancy in Tayside is 26 weeks from diagnosis of mesothelioma.The charity was formed by a group of people from the East of Scotland who either have an asbestos related illness or have cared for someone with an asbestos linked condition. AAT have a 24 hour answering service that enables us to respond to peoples needs as soon as we possibly can. Serious illness often leads to financial worries. From our office in the centre of Dundee or by home visits for mesothelioma sufferers, we assist in the task of making benefits claims that they are entitled to and are their right. We not only support the sufferers but their family members too, even after someone has died.Take a minute and try to think how you would feel if you were told you had a serious illness or were even terminally ill and it had probably been caused by the work you carried out 30 years ago!
Source: Dundee Mad