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ARCA Members donate £22,000 to Mesothelioma UK

People working in the asbestos industry support asbestos cancer patients

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Left to Right: Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA; Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Consultant Nurse; Jill Lemon, Mesothelioma UK Fundraising Manager; Sarah Haslam, ARCA Marketing & PR Manager; and Lorraine Creech, Mesothelioma UK CNS Team Leader.

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, Consultant 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.”  

Mesothelioma UK provides funding to support Mesothelioma Specialist Nurse posts across the UK and currently support 12 specialist nursing posts. The funding supports 2 days a week to provide specialist support for mesothelioma patients, carers and healthcare professionals. www.mesothelioma.uk.com

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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. 

About ARCA

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK's leading association representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

For over 35 years ARCA has provided guidance, training, representation and support on all legislative requirements for our members and their clients.

Members, who are licensed asbestos removal companies, participate in the Associations’ twice yearly Site Audit Accreditation Scheme to ensure they are continually working to the highest standards.

ARCA is the number one provider of asbestos related training courses and qualifications in the UK, covering all aspects from asbestos removal to asbestos testing.  ARCA is also an approved ILM centre and offers a leadership & management qualification specifically developed for the asbestos removal industry.  www.arca.org.uk