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An Artistic Tribute to Industry Pioneers: Specially Commissioned Painting Honours Mavis and Ray Nye's Contributions to the Asbestos Industry

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In recognition of their unwavering dedication, invaluable contributions, and remarkable achievements within the asbestos industry, a poignant tribute has taken shape in the form of a specially commissioned oil painting. This heartfelt gesture from the industry is a testament to the impact of Mavis and Ray Nye's work on raising asbestos awareness.

The painting, presented to Mavis and Ray at their residence on 24 August 2023, stands as a token of gratitude from the asbestos industry. The presentation was made by Andrew Paten (UKNAR) and Colette Willoughby (NORAC), representing the industry's appreciation for their commitment.

The painting will now be entrusted to Craig Evans, the Chief Operating Officer of UKATA, during the British Asbestos Awards on September 1st. Following this, the painting will find its place of prominence at the UKATA office, where we extend an invitation to all members, associates, partners, and stakeholders to come and appreciate the artwork. It will remain on display before making its journey to the Contamination Expo. This expo held between 12-13 September 2023 holds special significance as it was one of Mavis's favourite exhibitions, a place where she consistently connected with industry peers and supporters.

This tribute encapsulates the industry's admiration and gratitude for the strides Mavis and Ray Nye have made in raising asbestos and mesothelioma awareness. It stands as a symbol of unity and collaboration within the industry.

Speaking on the painting and their achievements, Craig Evans said:

“Mavis and Ray's dedication over the past 13 years is truly awe-inspiring. Their strength, resilience, and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on the 'asbestos industry and community'. Mavis, with her bravery, wit, and kindness, and Ray, with his steadfast support, embody the spirit of true champions.

The commissioned portrait not only celebrates their invaluable contributions but serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many. Their legacy is a testament to the power of dedication, love, and perseverance. It's truly an honour to recognise their incredible journey and efforts. Well done to the asbestos industry for coming together in support and gratitude and to Colette Willoughby & Andrew Paten for making the journey to present the wonderful painting.”

Published on Friday 1st September 2023

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