Breathing Space


Throughout 2021/2022, DAST aim to raise £5,000 in order to adopt an acre of woodland. This will both commemorate and raise awareness of those in the East Midlands whose lives have been marred by asbestos exposure and disease.

Photo by Alfred Sherman

If you would like to make a donation to our Breathing Space campaign, then you can use the following methods:

Please enclose a note with any donation, specifying that it is to be used towards the Breathing Space campaign.

Anyone who donates £100 or more can send a short message – perhaps saying why they support the campaign, or the name of a person who the donation is in memory of. This message will be displayed on this webpage (below) and in a commemorative booklet, which we shall have printed when the target has been reached and the adoption takes place. Please attach this to your donation.

Messages of Support

In memory of Dave Holt, dearly loved Husband, Dad and Grandad. Never be forgotten.

In loving memory of Anthony Belfield.

On behalf of my lovely husband Keith Elliott who died on the 12th January 2021.

In memory of David Liddington, who died of Mesothelioma on 28th November 2017.

In memory of my lovely husband of 46 years, John Jackson – love you forever, the love of my life.

Supported by Unite the Union Retired Members Derby 1 Branch.

In memory of my loving wife Beryl Hammersley, from loving husband Ted.

Supported by Unite the Union Northamptonshire Retired Members Branch.

Supported by Unite the Union Rolls Royce Branch.

In memory of Rev’d Richard William Bailey, a dearly loved husband and father, friend and minister to many who died of Mesothelioma in April 2017.

Supported by Unite the Union Cummins Engine Company Branch.

Supported by GMB Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

In loving memory of Graham Claxton, always on my mind and forever in my heart, I miss you more than words can say, from your devoted wife Pat.

This reminds me of walking in the woodland with my wife – Don Lowen.

Supported by Unite the Union Ferodo Branch.

In memory of Mary Graves, a much loved and sorely missed wife, mum and grandma. Forever in our thoughts and hearts xxx.

Supported by Unite the Union Leicestershire Retired Members Branch.

From Dorothy Berridge, for others to have a place where they can reflect on their loved ones.

In memory of Paul Pack 29.9.45 – 13.5.19 we are better for his existing in our lives.

In memory of Kevin Shepherd, a much loved and missed Husband, Dad and Gran Gran.

Supported by Unite the Union Nottinghamshire Southern Branch.

Supported by Unite the Union Derbyshire Southern Branch.

In loving memory of Paul Anthony Bell.

In memory of my husband, Dennis Tuplin – the outdoors and trees were such an important part of our life together.

The Breathing Space Keyring:

All proceeds from sales of this keyring will go towards the Breathing Space project. The cost, including postage is:

1 x keyring £3.99

3 x keyrings £10.00

5 x keyrings £15.00

To order, please send a cheque payable to DAST to 34 Glumangate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TX.


Take part in the virtual Christmas Day balloon race for just £3 per balloon – you can choose your own design. All proceeds will go to the Breathing Space campaign:

For further information about any aspect of the Breathing Space campaign, email 

A Beech Tree

Shorn of leaves and with boughs exposed to the colder air

Trembling with the cold, as much as bouts of despair

That some strong winter gales will lay me low

To leave me shattered on the forest floor below

But no, survived I have, though others lay slain

And with that thought begin to feel myself again

With the warmer days my life blood begins to flow

Reaching the dormant buds that now begin to grow

Now open, small leaves appear then expand

Followed by flowers and nuts hand in hand

Tall and fully clothed I present a lovely sight

Filtering the forest glade with dappled light

Content am I enjoying the warmth and brighter days

And playing host to creatures in many ways

I sense a change, my rising sap has come to a stop

Its time to let my ripened nuts and leaves drop

Though bare, sleep I must and endure the pain

And dream of longer, warmer days again.

Alfred Sherman