An asbestos related campaign group that was set up in memory of a woman that died from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, is to be re-launched as a charity. The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund will be focusing on raising awareness about asbestos, ensuring fairness to victims of asbestos related disease, funding research into the disease, and offering support to victims and families.
The daughter of June Hancock stated: “The fact that the fund goes from strength to strength is testimony to the profound impact that she had on all who knew her.” She also stated: “My mum came to know many special people throughout her illness and many of these friends were involved in setting up the fund in her honour.”
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos, which Mrs Hancock is said to have suffered at her place of work. Her family and friends set up the campaign group ten years ago not long after she died from the cancer.
The group has raised four hundred thousand pounds over the years in small donations, which has enabled it to raise awareness and try and support the victims of this deadly disease.