The HASAG asbestos disease support group in Hampshire has been a long-term supporter of Mesothelioma UK and continues its invaluable contribution by offering to fund our Southampton Clinical Nurse Specialist as a full-time role. Currently, Helen Wilkes, who also focuses on Armed Forces patients, works part-time and HASAG’s generous offer will enable this role to be increased to full-time.
The funds to cover the extension of this post were raised from HASAG’s activities for this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day.
Lynne Squibb and her sister, Diane, started HASAG in in 2006 after their father, Dave sadly passed away after contracting mesothelioma. Lynne says: “We’ve previously helped with funding for Anne Moylan’s CNS role in Portsmouth and our Trustees were so delighted with the value that Anne has brought to her role that they wanted to replicate this arrangement in another setting. Covering Helen’s role is the perfect solution for us and we’re confident that she will continue to make a real difference to mesothelioma patients and their families.”
HASAG covers the South of England, South East, London and the Home Counties. The majority of HASAG’s work is supporting patients at home to receive government payments, compensation and ongoing support. HASAG recently announced that in the first six months of 2018, they supported 327 patients and carers to make claims for benefits and state compensation, helping them to access over £5.5 million in lump sum payments and benefits.