Appeal from miner’s widow

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The widow of a miner who developed an asbestos-related cancer is appealing for help.

Kate Purcell, from Hemsworth, lost her husband, Alan (pictured) in 2012 after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining that is caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mr Purcell worked underground at South Kirkby Colliery for 30 years and Mrs Purcell is appealing for any miners who worked with him to come forward.

Mr Purcell died just two months after his diagnosis so it was not possible to determine where the exposure came from but Mrs Purcell believes it must be from working down the mine.

Anyone who worked with Mr Purcell or who has any general information about working at the pit should call Victoria Elves, from Raleys Solicitors, on 01226 603070.