Myton Hospice is in line for a windfall following the death of a Rugby man from an asbestos-related cancer.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell have a secured £13,543 for the charity to cover the costs of the care given to Roy Tranter.
Mr Tranter, who died of mesothelioma in March 2012, was exposed to asbestos when working as a contractor for Metropolitan Vickers, at the Metropolitan Cammell group’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham. Proceedings were brought against Associated Electrical Industries and Alstom Transport, the modern-day successor companies.
Mark Lennon, who has represented a number of victims of asbestos-related diseases, said: “We are pleased to conclude the case and to recover the care costs for the hospice, which plays a crucial role in supporting those diagnosed with terminal illnesses.
“I would like to pay tribute to the witnesses that came forward to provide the crucial information we needed about Roy’s working life and the circumstances around his exposure to asbestos.
“One witness described Roy as ‘the kind of chap you would not forget – he was an easy man to get along with, a lively athletic chap who stood out amongst any group’.
“Roy certainly made a big impression on his colleagues during his time at the site and it is a fitting tribute to him that these gentlemen came forward to act as witnesses, almost 60 years after they worked together, to help his family in their pursuit of justice.”
Roy’s wife Janet, who was married to Roy for 54 years, said: “I would like to thank his former colleagues who came forward with information to support our case, so many years after they worked with him. The details they provided were crucial in securing a settlement from his former employers and recovering vital funds for The Myton Hospices to support the great care they provide.”
Myton’s director of income generation and marketing, Ruth Freeman, said: “We are extremely grateful to Irwin Mitchell for ensuring that the full costs of the care provided by The Myton Hospices are included in any mesothelioma claim.
“We provide free specialist care for terminally ill patients across Coventry and Warwickshire as well as vital support and advice for their families and loved ones.
“We touch the lives of 4,000 people a year and need to raise £8 million a year to keep our services running. The substantial contribution made through mesothelioma claims will help us to continue caring for local people facing the end of their lives.”
Rugby Myton Hospice is in the grounds of the Hospital of St Cross in Barby Road.