Bank staff donate cash to asbestos support

DONATION From left, Jon Udall, branch manager of Yorkshire Building Society, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, with staff members Scott Baldwin and Simon Edwards
DONATION From left, Jon Udall, branch manager of Yorkshire Building Society, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, with staff members Scott Baldwin and Simon Edwards

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AN ASBESTOS support service has got nearly £2,000 from staff at a bank after a member of its team needed the organisation’s help.

Workers at Yorkshire Building Society, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, raised £1,800 for Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (Hasag).

It comes after worker Stephanie Roshier’s family was helped after her grandfather fell ill with mesothelioma and died.

She said: ‘This charity has been hugely supportive of me and my family after my grandad become ill as a result of an asbestos-related illness.

‘We wanted to do what we could, as a team, to show to thank the charity.

‘We came up with lots of activities to try and ensure we could raise an amount of money that would really make a difference.

‘And we’ve been blown away by the support of some of our neighbouring businesses 
and all those who bought a raffle ticket or sponsored our event.’

Members of the bank sourced prizes from local businesses for a charity raffle and raised more than £200 in the process.

Three brave male members of the branch staff volunteered to have their legs waxed to boost the service’s coffers.

And Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation granted the charity a £1,600 donation on top of the amount already raised.

The service will now buy two new laptops, which will be used by people to fill in claim forms that can only be sent online.

Hasag offers a free service to victims of asbestos and their families.

It offers home visits, monthly support group meetings, information about asbestos-related illnesses and help with claim forms.

Call (023) 8001 0015 for more.