A WORTHING woman whose husband died from an asbestos-related cancer is raising awareness of the disease in a bid to fund treatment and warn people of its dangers.
Peter Mann sadly died from mesothelioma on June 14 this year, aged 69, after being diagnosed with the illness only months earlier.
He had, in the mid-1950s, come into contact with asbestos when he worked as an apprentice plumber.
But, as is common with mesothelioma, the disease remained dormant until January this year when he and his wife, Hazel Mann, received the devastating news of his terminal diagnosis.
Hazel, of Limbrick Lane, said her husband “kept fighting until the end” despite the “horrendous” pain of his condition.
The 63-year-old said: “When he was diagnosed they asked him if he wanted to know how long he had to live and he said ‘no’.
“The morning before he died, he was in so much pain but he kept trying to get up to walk – it was horrendous.
“He didn’t want to die and he kept fighting until the end.
“My mother had lung cancer and it was bad, but she was in nothing like the pain my husband was.
“You just can’t imagine what it was like.”
To coincide with Mesothelioma Awareness Day, on Friday, Hazel and her family spent the afternoon near the Bandstand, in Worthing, raising money for Mesothelioma UK with a collection bucket, as well as handing out leaflets about the disease.
On the day, Hazel and her family raised £350, which will go to the charitable trust Mesothelioma UK.
Hazel added: “I’d like to thank all the generous people who donated.
“The number of people with mesothelioma will soon reach its peak, and it affects around 2,000 people each year.
“Although there is less asbestos around, people are still coming into contact with it and people need to realise you don’t have to work with asbestos to get mesothelioma.
“There are people who clean the clothes of a partner who get it.”