AASC began its journey in November 2011 and we officially launched our service on March 1st 2012 . Joanne (J0) Barnes-Mannings and Lorna Johns became aware through Jo’s personal experience that there was a need within Wales for those living with asbestos related illnesses to establish their own network of help, support and awareness. AASC received its charitable status in September 2012 – registered charity number 1148804. The organisation is also registered in Companies House, Cardiif, registered number 8018086.
It was also apparent that patients and their families needed to know more about the professional help available.
The shocking statistic that the annual death toll of those diagnosed with an asbestos related disease in Wales stands around 200 which is more than twice the numbers of people killed in road accidents – could not be ignored!
The focus or mission of the group is to strive to make the lives of those living with asbestos related illnesses and their families better.
It was set as a target to initially operate AASC through the mediation of a website. Over the years we have established regular group meetings, increased our telephone support, and broadened our social media base by adding Twitter and Facebook pages and facilitating donations through online giving.
The group is non-profit, and will depend upon the support of individuals, groups and communities to ensure its longevity.