Sunderland widow's appeal for husband's former colleagues to come forward

The heartbroken widow of a joiner who died after being exposed to deadly asbestos dust is appealing for help to trace his former colleagues.

Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 2:14 pm
The widow of David Givens is appealing for his former work colleagues to come forward

David Givens lost his battle with mesothelioma - a terminal asbestos-related cancer - last August aged 63.

His wife Pamela, 58. and their four children, Kelly, Christopher, Mark and David, are calling on the help of his former colleagues to help them find out how he came into contact with it.

David, from Sunderland, was a joiner by trade and worked as a shop fitter from 1980 until his death.

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The family has instructed Irwin Mitchell to investigate how he came to be diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer.

Roger Maddocks, partner and an expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing the family, said: “Mesothelioma is a terrible terminal disease which ravages the sufferer in a short space of time.

“David had just 3 years left with his family after his diagnosis and they are still coming to terms with their loss. What they want now is to find out how David came into contact with asbestos.

“Any information could prove vital in helping David’s family to get the answers they deserve.”

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help with information should contact Emma Tordoff at Irwin Mitchell on 0191 279 0104 or by emailing [email protected]