26 August 2021 | Firm news | Article by Phoebe Osborne
The Hugh James Asbestos team is running a virtual relay in support of several great charities and support groups including Mesothelioma UK (as part of its #Moveformeso campaign), East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group (EEA PSG), The Mavis Nye Foundation, HASAG Asbestos Disease Support, South West Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (SWASAG) and Asbestos Awareness Support Cymru (AASC). These charities and support groups work tirelessly to support those suffering from or affected by asbestos related disease.
As part of the challenge, we are showcasing some the different areas of the country where our asbestos team is based as well as some of our recent cases from along our virtual journey.
Today, the #HJmesorelay challenge is in Cambridge where Phoebe Osborne works as a Senior Associate. Phoebe is well-known across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk for her tireless work in industrial disease litigation, specifically mesothelioma claims. She has over 7.5 years’ specialist experience in the field as an APIL Accredited Asbestos Disease and Occupational Disease Specialist and APIL Senior Litigator.
Phoebe is very much a part of the East Anglian fundraising community, regularly raising funds for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Trust and local hospices in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and is delighted to support Moves for Meso, having raised valuable funds for Mesothelioma UK since qualifying as a solicitor in 2013.
Based in Cambridge, Phoebe supports clients, offering home visits to assist with civil legal claims and government benefit applications. She also dedicates a significant amount of time in supporting patients and families across the region, as Chair of the East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group, working closely with its founder, and Mesothelioma UK Ambassador, Brian Wallis.
East Anglia sadly has one of the highest incidences of mesothelioma outside of the industrialised locations in the UK which is often a huge surprise to many.
According to the published Royal College of Physicians National Mesothelioma Audit Report 2020, there were 876 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the East of England during 2016-2018. We believe the need is greater given many retirees choose to move to the East of England to enjoy a coastal or rural retreat and Phoebe continues to act for many carpenters and tradespeople diagnosed in addition to a higher incidence of females who were negligently exposed to asbestos early in their careers.
Due to the vast geographic location of the East of England, the closest Mesothelioma UK nurse based at Royal Papworth is a journey too far for many to reach given clients are based from Coastal Norfolk to Rural Suffolk.
It is for this reason that Brian Wallis and the EEA-PSG committee continue to raise funds for a specialist Mesothelioma UK nurse to work in Norfolk and Suffolk to ensure equitable access for all patients and families needing specialist support or advice regarding clinical trials.
Brian Wallis, commented:
We have been so fortunate to have the support we needed to establish a specialist mesothelioma nurse for the East of England but it is only with further support that we will be able to continue to ensure that those with mesothelioma in the East of England have access to this vital resource in their care.
Hugh James is proud to support East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group (EEA-PSG) to raise the funds as we recognise the group provides vital support to people affected by mesothelioma in Norfolk and Suffolk.
As a result of COVID-19 the monthly EEA-PSG meetings are a mix of hybrid Zoom and face to face meetings for those who wish to attend. If anyone with mesothelioma in the East of England would like to attend a future EEA -PSG meeting, please contact Chair, Phoebe Osborne [email protected] or Telephone 01223 665 653 who would be happy to hear from you.
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