Oct 22 2009 By Mike Larkin
gordon matheson, philip braat
TWO councillors have been made honorary members of a charity for their work in helping the victims of asbestos.
Bailie Gordon Matheson and Councillor Philip Braat were inducted into the membership of Clydeside Action on Asbestos on the charity's 25th anniversary at a civic dinner at the City Chambers.
They were handed their certificates in front of dignitaries including First Minister Alex Salmond and Donald Findlay QC.
Charity secretary Harry McCluskey said: "It was indeed a privilege to honour two Glasgow city councillors who not only work tirelessly on behalf of all of their ward members, but who pay particular attention to those who suffer with an asbestos-related disease.
"Both Councillor Braat and Councillor Matheson's assistance to the charity has been invaluable. Their pledge of support to the charity will hopefully mean that we will continue to work with such dedicated councillors in years to come."
The councillors were among a small group who received awards for their commitment and assistance to the self-help and campaigning organisation.
Bailie Matheson said: "I am both humbled and thrilled to receive honorary membership of Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
"The organisation provides fantastic support both to the sufferers of asbestos-related conditions and their families, friends and carers.
"It is also a highly effective campaigning group in pursuit of legal redress and fair and speedy compensation for the sufferers and their dependents.
"I will do what I can to support the work of Clydeside Action in order to live up to the responsibility of honorary membership."
His fellow councillor was also delighted with the privilege.
Councillor Braat said: "I am truly honoured.
"Although based within my electoral ward, the significant work carried out by this great charitable organisation, and its positive impact on the lives of sufferers and their families and friends, reaches far beyond the confines of our city.
"Unfortunately, despite the recent legislative changes and improved health and safety regulations, we will not see a complete eradication of asbestos-related illnesses for some time yet.
"The good work is not yet done and it is therefore a priority that I continue to support the work of Clydeside Action."