Asbestos lawyers sprint to the finish line for local cancer charity

Joan Kennedy, Robert Moore, Stuart and Alison Hughes ran the Chester Half Marathon for MaggiesA team of asbestos and asbestosis lawyers have raised more than £550 for cancer charity Maggie’s by finishing the Essar Chester Half marathon earlier this month.

Stuart Hughes, from the National Asbestos Helpline, a service offered by Birchall Blackburn Law, ran the race in full asbestos safety equipment to raise money for Maggie’s Centre, based at Clatterbridge Cancer Unit in Wirral.

Stuart, 43, was joined in the 13.1-mile race by his wife Alison Hughes and Robert Moore and Joan Kennedy from Birchall Blackburn Law.

Stuart, from Newton, said: “It was by far the hardest run that I’ve ever done. The crowds were wonderful and it was the incredible work that Maggie’s Centre does for their patients that kept me going to the finish line

Joan Kennedy, from Birchall Blackburn Law’s specialist asbestos team, added: “We’re so proud to support Maggie’s Centre. Asbestos related cancer is a devastating and isolating diagnosis for sufferers and their families.

“Maggie’s offers a support network outside of the medical environment, providing hope, inspiration and a feeling of control to patients. The work that they do is invaluable and it’s a really important service for our clients.

The money raised by the National Asbestos Helpline will go towards their overall ‘pay for a day’ at Maggie’s centre fundraising target. On average, it costs £2,400 a day for Maggie’s Merseyside to provide the free practical, emotional and social support to patients and their families.

Holly Smith, centre fundraising manager for Maggie’s Merseyside, said: “Well done to the team on completing the half marathon- it’s such a huge achievement. We rely on the generosity of supporters like Stu, Joan, Robert and Alison, it’s only with their help that we can continue to offer our unique programme of cancer support.

The National Asbestos Helpline is a service provided by Birchall Blackburn Law, to help those affected by asbestos gain access to support, benefits and compensation.

Pictured left to right at the end of the half marathon in Chester are Stuart Hughes, of The National Asbestos Helpline; Robert Moore, of Birchall Blackburn Law; Joan Kennedy, of Birchall Blackburn Law; and Alison Hughes.

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