Trip to US in memory of Richard

A DOTING family man’s wish to see his grandchildren go to Disneyland has been fulfilled - but only after tragedy struck.

Richard Thompson wanted to take the children to America, but he died after he lost his battle with cancer four years ago.

Now, his widow is using money she received in a £180,000 compensation package to fulfil his wish.

Brenda Thompson was awarded the cash after a coroner ruled that her husband’s death was as a result of industrial disease.

Mr Thompson had spent msot of his working life at the former ICI plant in Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster, where he worked as a lagger’s mate responsible for loading large sections of asbestos lagging into the works van before using a handsaw to cut it into smaller pieces.

He was initially diagnosed with a chest condition called pleural plaques in 1998 and in 2007 it was confirmed that he had cancer.

According to the Haxey man’s family, he became very ill, very quickly and could no longer work. He died of asbestos-related lung cancer in August 2007 aged just 60.

According to his solicitors, when he was alive Mr Thompson was convinced that his illness was caused by his work as an asbestos lagger, though doctors had been unsure of the cause of his condition.

However, he had kept all his medical papers for his widow Brenda.

Victoria Elves of Raleys Solicitors, said: “Richard’s death was the tragic legacy of his unsafe workplace.

“We were determined to win compensation for Mrs Thompson.”

Mrs Thompson, who will fulfil his wish by taking the children to Florida, said: “I hope success in Richard’s case will encourage otehrs to fight their claims.”