ARCA Members donate £22,000 to Mesothelioma UK

People working in the asbestos industry support asbestos cancer patients

Members of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) have over the years raised funds for a number of charities mainly through social events and auctions. Last year ARCA opened up opportunities for more members to participate by holding a Charity Week. During this week, many member companies and staff got involved in lots of ways to raise funds for the Association’s two chosen charities.

One of the charities ARCA chose to support was Mesothelioma UK, as through donations this charity supports many people suffering from Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

The UK has the highest incidence of Mesothelioma in the world, and it continues to rise. Currently over 2,500 people are diagnosed and whilst the treatment options are increasing, hopefully improving outcomes too, the disease remains incurable.

“When I met Liz Darlison of Mesothelioma UK last year I learned of the charity’s objective of having specialist nurses based at hospitals across the UK,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “I understand that the charity is now funding twelve nurses, based at different NHS hospitals across the UK, and is actively looking for more.”

“Fundraising to support this objective is vital. So following ARCA members’ activities this year, I was delighted to present the charity with a donation of £22,000.”

Liz Darlison, ConsARCA charity donation presentation to Mesothelioma UK _28 Feb2017_500kbultant Nurse for Mesothelioma UK, commented; “A huge thank you to everyone who undertook activities and made donations to ARCA’s Charity Week. Your efforts mean we have the funds we require to support a specialist nurse to care and support mesothelioma patients over the coming year.”

 

Many members got involved in the ARCA Charity Week 2016 by taking part in and holding various events, including running, biking, climbing and cake baking, and made their donations to Mesothelioma UK or to be shared between the Association’s two charities.