Asbestos Charity Teams up with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Supporters of a Chesterfield based asbestos charity have given a boost to a Derbyshire woodland.

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) launched their Breathing Space appeal last year, which has now raised over £5000. This was intended to champion a space where those battling asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer – and those who have lost loved ones to these diseases – could find space to reflect.

Some of those funds raised have now been handed over to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in order to support a trail at Lea Wood, near Cromford. The money will be spent on benches, new leaflets and a signpost with a sculpture. DAST’s logo will be incorporated into these to help raise awareness of the group’s work and the continuing problem of asbestos.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Partnership Officer Emma Davenport said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team for sponsoring a trail in our Lea Wood Nature Reserve and that there will be somewhere for people to stop, sit and reflect in a peaceful setting alongside the woodland and Cromford Canal.”

A cheque for £3,850 was handed over to the trust next to Aqueduct Cottage. DAST’s Co-ordinator, Joanne Gordon commented:

“Many people have contributed to this scheme including bereaved families and trade unions representing those exposed to asbestos in the course of their work. We are pleased that we can now work with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to secure a lasting place of significance for those hundreds of people that we have had cause to support over the past 20 years.”

A commemorative booklet and launch event are planned for later in the year.