A LEEDS hospice that cared for a Wetherby man while he was dying from asbestos-related cancer has received almost £20,000 after lawyers fought a claim against the company he worked for.
Henry Page, who was known as Sid, died of mesothelioma in the summer after a long illness where he was supported by staff at St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown. His family won £18,712 for the hospice as part of a settlement from Belzona, where he was exposed to asbestos while paint mixing in the 1970s.
Mr Page’s widow Anne said: “In just a few short weeks, Sid’s life was turned upside down. He was a man who was fit and well who loved to be the life and soul of the party. He loved his music and played the accordion. He became withdrawn and weak and but the staff at St Gemma’s provided invaluable support at a time when we needed it most.
“This is what Sid would have wanted - he could not have thanked the hospice enough for the support provided to him by the wonderful doctors and nurses.”
The money was secured by Leeds lawyers Irwin Mitchell, who have worked closely with St Gemma’s to support families of those who have died due to industrial illness.
The award follows a ruling in a 2010 which found that the insurers of a company responsible for the death of a worker from asbestos disease should contribute to the care costs of the hospice where the care was provided.
Ian Bailey, a Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office, who represented the Page family, said: “In times where fundraising has become more difficult, I am very proud that we have once again been able to help our clients support the hospices where they received their care at the end of their lives.”
Gail Chapman, fundraising manager at St Gemma’s said the “substantial” contribution made through mesothelioma claims helps to ensure the hospice can continue caring for people with terminal illnesses.