At the UK Radon Association’s recent AGM, Lynn Cooper stepped down as Chair after a term of two years and Rebecca Coates was elected to replace her by the Association’s members.
Rebecca, who is also Head of Radon Projects at propertECO was a founding member of the Association in 2014 and has sat on the Board since then, serving as Secretary for the initial four years. She has been a driving force behind the annual Radon Awareness Week campaigns and is passionate about increasing public awareness and understanding of radon gas.
Rebecca said, “I am looking forward to building on the excellent work that has been carried out by the Association over the past few years under the leadership of our outgoing Chair, Lynn Cooper. Many thanks to Lynn for giving her time to help UKRA grow, both in membership numbers and profile. Along with the Vice Chair, Aaron Davidson and Secretary Charlotte Holmes, I will be working hard over the coming year to ensure UKRA provides essential information on radon to the general public, property professionals and the medical community.”
“Following on from the well attended UK Radon Symposium in 2019, we will be holding another Symposium in summer 2021 and will announce further details in due course.
2019 also saw our most successful UK Radon Awareness Week yet, with the issue being discussed live on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show with campaign ambassador, Martin Roberts. This year’s Awareness Week will take place from Monday 2nd November and we will be encouraging all UKRA members to join us in spreading the message that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer.”
Radon Awareness Week has been a huge success this year, with so much coverage that we actually caused the PHE radon map website to crash due to the increased traffic. Our own website also achieved unprecedented hits, demonstrating the number of people we reached and encouraged to act with our message. Our campaign Ambassador Martin Roberts was interviewed on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, and UK Radon Association board member Rebecca Coates appeared on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Stoke, as well as presenting at PHE’s Radon Forum in Chilton.
It was also great to see so many of our members participating by sharing numerous blogs, infographics and posts on LinkedIn and Twitter.
The focus of this year’s campaign was research published earlier this year which found that indoor radon levels are increasing due to the changes we are making to our buildings for energy efficiency purposes. This in turn will lead to an increase in the number of lung cancer deaths attributable to radon exposure.
We hope that by raising awareness we can help reduce the number of unnecessary deaths due to radon related lung cancer.
On behalf of the UK Radon Association I would like to thank all those who have supported the campaign.
The UK Radon Association board meets in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to discussing how we will build on this success in 2020 and spread awareness of this important issue even further.
UK Radon Association
If you missed Martin Roberts discussing radon on the Jeremy Vine Show on Tuesday don’t worry you can listen here for the next 28 days!
UK Radon Awareness Week 2019 begins today, 4th November.
Research published earlier this year has found that indoor radon levels are increasing due to the changes we are making to our buildings for energy efficiency purposes. This in turn will lead to an increase in the number of lung cancer deaths attributable to radon exposure.
The campaign is being backed by TV & Radio property expert, Martin Roberts, who says “The lack of awareness about radon and its health dangers is shocking – and it’s something that could be in any of our homes.” You can hear more from Martin on Tuesday 5th November when he’ll be appearing on BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show at around 1pm.
Follow the campaign on social media all week using #radonaware