Terminally ill fashion designer who developed cancer after making asbestos ‘snowballs’ when she was younger ……..
Caroline Wilcock, 51, grew up in Bowburn, County Durham, next to an asbestos firm. Locals recalled dust from the plant gathering on window ledges and cars. Children collected it to make snow balls and wrote messages in the deadly dust. Others picked up lumps of asbestos that fell from wagons and used it as an alternative to chalk when they marked out games on the pavement.
Miss Wilcock’s case against Cape Intermediate Holdings PLC – previously known as The Cape Asbestos Company – was due to be held yesterday but the firm settled with her out of court. Her claim stated she suffered from asbestos poisoning between 1967 and 1983. She was diagnosed with the fatal lung condition mesothelioma three years ago. Now living in London, the fashion designer said: ‘I am pleased and relieved at this outcome. I hope that my case now encourages other people in similar circumstances to seek redress.
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