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Long mining career caused death of volunteer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 03, 2014

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A VOLUNTEER who spent years of his life helping organisations in the area was forced give up when ill health caught up with him, an inquest has heard.

Gordon Illsley gave decades of service to the St John Ambulance at Cadley Hill Colliery before getting involved with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, Stanton Allotment Association and Burton Gardening Association.

But chest problems which had seen his health decline over the years meant the 79-year-old was no longer able to continue the activities, and left him bed-bound for the last two months of his life, the inquest was told.

Coroner Andrew Haigh was told Mr Illsley had worked at Cadley Hill pit for around 40 years, with much of that time spent underground. Towards the end of his life, he suffered with heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr Haigh said he was satisfied that Mr Illsley's death had been caused by exposure to coal dust during his working life.

He said: "I am sorry that occupational exposure to dust caused him to suffer a nasty disease."

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