Grandfather suffering from cancer appeals to former Hackbridge colleagues
A grandfather diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer is looking for ex-colleagues to help him in his battle for justice.
Alan Corkett, 75, received the devastating news in November 2011 that he had mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fibres.
The former toolmaker now lives in Bridgwater but used to work for electrical manufacturers Mullard Radio Valve Co Ltd in Hackbridge where his solicitors claim he was exposed to asbestos.
He said: “When my wife and I were given the diagnosis we just couldn’t believe it.
"I’d been healthy and active all my life so it just seemed very unfair that something I worked with so long ago now means I have very little time left with my family.
"I have two grown up children and one small grandson, aged 18 months. I am now spending as much quality time as I can with my grandson.
“I now can’t enjoy walking or swimming like I used to as I just feel so poorly. I’ve always taken care of myself and being fit has always been very important but that has been taken away from me.
“I hope people do come forward with any information, no matter how small, so I can try and ensure my family are provided for once I am gone.”
Before his diagnosis Mr Corkett was a folk dancer, caller and accordionist and played in bands across the world, performed on TV and had even played for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Corkett worked at the Hackbridge factory from 1953 to 1958 and again when he returned between 1961 to 1963 after service in the RAF.
Anyone who can help with any information should contact Helen Grady at Irwin Mitchell on 0870 1500 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.