£5million donation into mesothelioma research by the British Lung Foundation


The £5million donation into mesothelioma research by the British Lung Foundation, matching Government funding announced earlier this year, has been hailed as a “huge boost” to the UK’s world-leading work into finding a cure for the disease. 

The BLF announced that a £5million donation had been made by the Victor Dahdaleh Foundation – the biggest single amount ever given to the charity – which will be used to fund ground-breaking research into mesothelioma at the University of Leicester and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cambridge.

The amount matches government support announced in the 2016 budget to set up the National Mesothelioma Research Centre at Imperial College in London. 

Due to its industrial background, the North East has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the UK, with many workers in the shipbuilding and construction industries being exposed to asbestos during their careers.

The region will also be included in a Mesothelioma Research Network, which will be established as part of the new research project.

Raelene Lingam, specialist North East asbestos solicitor at law firm Sintons, who represents many individuals and families in pursuing claims for mesothelioma, said: “Mesothelioma is a truly appalling disease which so many men and women contracted while going about their daily working lives, totally oblivious to the fact they were being exposed to asbestos. Through acting for people living with mesothelioma, and seeing first-hand the effect it has on them and their families, the true horror of this disease quickly becomes very clear.

“This new funding boost is of course great news, and adds significantly to the world-leading efforts that are already being made in this country to try and one day find a cure.”  

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