‘Emmerdale’ storyline highlights asbestos danger

Donna Windsor and daughter April. Picture: PA Photo/ITV.
Donna Windsor and daughter April. Picture: PA Photo/ITV.

The “Emmerdale” storyline about a young girl diagnosed with Mesothelioma helps organisations like the UK Asbestos Training Association challenge the view that asbestos-related diseases are a thing of the past and an old man’s disease – when nothing could be further from the truth.

While rare for one so young as the Donna Windsor character to develop an asbestos-related illness, it does happen and the illness is terminal. With estimates suggesting over 1.5 million buildings in the UK still contain asbestos, the “Emmerdale” storyline is relevant.

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Eddie Strong

Chairman, UK Asbestos Training Association