Apr 13 2012 by Lorraine Waddell, Lennox Herald (main ed)
A DEVOTED Dumbarton daughter is staging a second psychic night to raise money for the charity which helped her dad before he died.
Joanne Ward, 33, has organised the evening, which will feature a demonstration of mediumship and private sittings, in Dumbarton’s Masonic Hall at the end of the month in aid of Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
The charity, which relies solely on the goodwill of fundraisers, provides support to patients and relatives of those who have contracted asbestos-related illnesses.
Joanne’s dad Matt passed away in September 2007 after contracting malignant mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
Joanne said: “Clydeside Action on Asbestos is an organisation solely funded by charitable donations.
“They don’t get any money from the government at all whereas other charities do.
“They help victims and their families up and down Clydeside to claim money back from their employers.
“They give advice and support on the legal process and on benefits and they also lobby the UK Parliament.
“My dad had assistance from them before he died.
“They really are the only charity that deals with asbestos-related illness.”
Matt worked as a steel erector and is thought to have contracted the asbestos-related tumour in the 1980s.
But he was only diagnosed in 2006 and sadly passed away the following year aged just 61.
After holding a successful psychic night in Dumbarton in 2010, in which over £2,600 was raised for Clydeside Action on Asbestos, Joanne is staging this second event on Sunday, April 29.
Doors open at 7pm and the evening will finish at 10.30pm.
The night includes a demonstration of mediumship, private sittings (which will be available on a first come first served basis), a raffle and refreshments. There will also be a bar which is open until 11pm.
Tickets, costing £6, are available from the Masonic Hall or Scruples Cafe in Dumbarton East.
Joanne will also be hosting a similar event the previous evening in Langside Halls, Shawlands.