Hard working members of Clydebank Asbestos Group have been recognised for their contribution to the town, as the group receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The group campaigns on behalf of people who developed illnesses as a result of workplace exposure to Asbestos. Now known to be a highly toxic substance, asbestos was widely used in the shipbuilding and other industries.
Since ancient times it was highly valued as a material extremely resistant to fire. A naturally occuring mineral fibre, it is composed of flexible and strong strands, making it an extremely efficient building material.
It tends to break into microscopic dust particles however, which are now known to cause major health problems. Shaped like a strand of hair but around 1,000 times smaller, asbestos fibres hang in the air and are easily inhaled. They can penetrate organs and tissues, staying inside the body for decades and causing massive damage.
Clydebank Asbestos Group was set up in 1992 to help provide support, advice and information for victims of asbestos and their families. People exposed to the substance are known to have a range of health problems, including scarring of the lungs, thickening of membranes surrounding the rib cage, cancer of the lining of the lungs, and others.
A charitable organisation staffed by volunteers, everyone involved with the group gives their free time to the work help. The important work they carry out has been widely recognised. In April its chairman, Bob Dickie, was named Clydebank Citizen of the Year, and last November saw the entire group named Voluntary Organisation of the Year at Scotland’s National Health Awards.
It has now been confirmed the group is to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Known as an MBE for organisations, it is the highest award for volunteer groups across the UK and is given for outstanding work in their communities. The award was officially given to Clydebank Asbestos Group for “Supporting Victims of Asbestos Related Illnesses”.
A spokesman for the management committee of Clydebank Asbestos Group said: “We are delighted to have been recognised in this way. It belongs to all of our members who have supported us through the years.
“We would thank those who nominated us for this award, particularly Councillor Denis Agnew, the previous provost of West Dunbartonshire. We are grateful for the support we have received over the years from politicians of all parties and others within the health and legal professions, and the social work and finance departments of West Dunbartonshire Council.
“Despite the success, we cannot allow ourselves to forget that our objective is to continue the fight for truth and justice for all victims of asbestos related conditions. We should also bear in mind the families of these victims and guarantee that we will give continued support.”
For more information on Clydebank Asbestos Group and the services it offers, visit the website. You can also call 0141 951 1008 or email email@example.com