Widow raises awareness of asbestos risks

Chris Bean
Chris Bean

The widow of a man who died from a cancer connected with coming into contact with asbestos is trying to raise awareness of the issue.

Chris Bean, of Isham, was a fit, active and healthy man in his 40s when he started experiencing shortness of breath and was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

His widow, Anita, said: “Chris was 44 when he was diagnosed. It is a very aggressive, very nasty cancer and the average life expectancy of someone with it is 13 months.

“You only need to come into contact with one strand of asbestos to get it and it can take decades to manifest itself.

“Chris was an electrician with GF Gray of Rushden when he was younger and worked in schools, garages, shoe factories and other places where he could have come into contact with asbestos.

“The Government knew of the risks years ago and I don’t think they’ve done enough to raise awareness of them.”

Mr Bean was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the end of September last year and died on July 5 this year.

Hundreds of people attended his funeral, and the family asked for donations for Mesothelioma UK.

More than £3,000 has been collected so far, with more still coming in.

The family has also bought 300 wristbands to sell to raise more money and held a coffee morning and candle sale that raised more than £2,000.

Anita said: “Chris was the life and soul of the party and even when he was diagnosed we thought he’d have longer to live because he was so fit and active.

“He didn’t smoke, he coached at Wellingborough Rugby Club and took part in Ironman competitions.

“I just want other people to be aware of the risks.”