Clydebank Asbestos Group receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
A group of volunteers who have campaigned for 20 years for victims of Asbestos were presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service at a Civic Reception on Friday 30th November 2012. Clydebank Asbestos Group, were presented with their award by Lord-Lieutenant, Mike Gregory at a special Civic Reception in Clydebank Town Hall. The group, which is staffed by volunteers and has assisted more than 1,700 people, campaigns on behalf of sufferers and their families who have developed illnesses as a result of workplace exposure to Asbestos.
Asbestos, which was produced by the Turner Newall factory in Dalmuir and was commonly used in John Brown's Shipbuilding Yard in the heart of Clydebank, is the cause of a deadly disease which has affected more than 2,000 people in Scotland. Clydebank Asbestos Group was set up in 1992 to help provide support and advice for victims of asbestos and their families. People exposed to the substance are known to have a wide range of health problems, including scarring of the lungs, thickening of membranes surrounding the rib cage and cancer of the lining of the lungs.
Bob Dickie, Chairman of Clydebank Asbestos Group said: "We are delighted and honoured to receive this award, especially this year on our 20th Anniversary. The group would like to thank West Dunbartonshire Council, Councillors past and present, for their continued support and also West Dunbartonshire Council's Welfare Rights staff for their help and assistance over the years. This award will be accepted on behalf of everyone we have helped and with the reassurance that we will continue to campaign for justice for all victims of asbestos."
The prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community.
Lord-Lieutenant Mike Gregory, the Queen's representative in West Dunbartonshire, said: "I am delighted to present the award in recognition of the outstanding commitment and dedication shown by the group in helping and supporting people with asbestos. It is remarkable that the group has been assisting people for over 20 years and their continued pledge to helping people through very difficult periods is to be commended."
He added, "This award, presented on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, is to thank the group and also to acknowledge that the time they spend volunteering away from their own families does not go unnoticed."
West Dunbartonshire Provost, Douglas McAllister said: "The Council is delighted to host this Civic Reception in recognition of the outstanding work carried out by the group. This award is testament to the impact the group has had on the lives of the hundreds of people that the group has assisted over the years."
He added: "The group has tirelessly campaigned for two decades to help residents and they thoroughly deserve this prestigious award."
The group's efforts have been acknowledged in the past with Chairman, Bob Dickie, being named as Clydebank Citizen of the Year 2012 by the Council, and the group were named Voluntary Organisation of the Year at last year's Scotland's National Health Awards.
Photos by Courtesy of Robert Bell, West Highland Photography.
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