Appeal to trace former colleagues

Donald Henderson (stood up, top left) on 28 August 1954
Donald Henderson (stood up, top left) on 28 August 1954
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The devastated daughter of a former hospital technician and youth club worker who died from the asbestos-related illness mesothelioma has joined forces with specialist industrial disease lawyers to appeal for his former colleagues to help an investigation.

Donald Scott Henderson, of Ashington, believed he was exposed to asbestos while working in the pathology laboratory at Newcastle General Hospital between 1953 and 1957 and again in 1959.

He also believed he was exposed to the deadly dust while working at the Coquetdale Outdoor Pursuits training, holiday and conference centre, owned by the Northumberland Association of Youth Clubs, in Rothbury.

Following his death aged 76 in January, Donald’s daughter Kay Henderson is carrying on his battle for justice alongside expert industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, instructed by her father before the debilitating illness took hold.

Kay is appealing for her dad’s ex-colleagues to come forward with information about the working conditions he endured and why more wasn’t done to protect him from the dangers of asbestos.

Donald believed he was exposed to asbestos while working for the Northumberland Association of Youth Clubs between 1973/74 and 1976, where he was a warden at the outdoor pursuits centre at Whitton Farm in Rothbury.

His role involved checking the centre’s asbestos-lagged boiler on a regular basis.

Donald first started to suffer from chest pains in June 2012 and had fluid drained from his lungs. In October 2012, he was formally diagnosed with mesothelioma and he died in January 2013.

His daughter Kay said: “The disease had such a terrible impact on my dad’s health. He suffered from terrible bouts of pain between his shoulders, which meant he couldn’t sleep properly, his appetite was non-existent and he felt constantly tired and dizzy.”

Anyone with information about the working conditions at Newcastle General Hospital between 1953 and 1957 and again in 1959 or the Coquetdale Outdoor Pursuits Centre between 1973/74 and 1976 should contact Isobel Lovett of Irwin Mitchell on 0191 279 0104 or email Isobel.lovett@irwinmitchell.com