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Service user appears on ITV Central News

1 September 2023

Martin Hillsom, one of our service users, appeared last night on a package about asbestos removal in the ITV Central News teatime broadcast. He featured alongside Harminder Bains from the law firm Leigh Day. The package starts 16 minutes into the programme. Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash

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Supporters of ASCE demonstrate outside Altrad’s UK headquarters

18 August 2023

Supporters of Asbestos Support Central England went to Rotherham on Wednesday to protest outside Altrad’s UK headquarters. Altrad is the owner of Cape, a firm which manufactured asbestos products and caused an epidemic of asbestos related diseases. Some of the people pictured are patients with the disease mesothelioma. Others have been bereaved by this incurable…

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Woodland path by water with a footbridge across it

10 ways to help you relax when you have an asbestos related disease

8 August 2023

Living with an asbestos related disease is stressful at the best of times. Relaxing activities can help us feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. In a new article Nurse Dana Nolan reminds us that they can also help us to improve our immune function and reduce inflammation and digestive problems [1]. The key to finding…

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Action Meso Day Event Raises More Than £1600 for Mesothelioma Research

31 July 2023

Our Action Mesothelioma Day event on Friday 7 August raised £1,645 for research into new treatments for mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. At the moment there is no cure and the existing treatments are only successful some of the time. It is often difficult to decide which treatment will best…

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The Guardian lambasts Altrad

28 July 2023

An article in today’s GUARDIAN accuses Altrad (Altrad UK Ireland And Nordics) of trying to whitewash its reputation by sponsoring international rugby. This is the first major press coverage of our #CapeMustPay campaign. Read the article for yourself at https://theguardian.com/…/uk-asb”estos-firm-owners… We are only asking Altrad to donate the same sort of money to mesothelioma research…

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Politicians challenged to stop giving money to Altrad

28 July 2023

The Forum of Asbestos Victims Support Groups has written to Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer asking them to make sure that Altrad no longer wins contracts for cleaning up the asbestos which their own subsidiary, Cape, provided in the first place. This come in the wake of a £30.8 million contract to help decommission and…

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Another protest goes ahead outside the offices of Cape / Altrad in Warrington

18 July 2023

Protesters from the Forum of #Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups are pictured outside the head offices of Altrad/Cape in #Warrington on Monday. Why were they there? They were there because our service users contracted the terminal cancer mesothelioma and other serious diseases such as asbestosis, pleural thickening and lung cancer, after exposure to Cape’s products. Altrad…

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One of the wreaths is laid at the Barking memorial

More than 60,000 people killed by mesothelioma in the last 50 years

17 July 2023

In the fifty years to 2021 more than 60,000 people have died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. A great many of those victims were poisoned by asbestos products made by Cape. Last Monday representatives of the UK Forum of Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups gathered at the memorial to those who have died from…

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Shelly Asquith addressing the gathering at Barking

Monday’s visit to the memorial for Cape employees

15 July 2023

Last Monday members of the UK Forum of asbestos support groups visited the memorial to employees of Cape who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos in Cape’s factories. The memorial is in Barking, where Cape had one of their factories until the 1960s. They were one of the leading manufacturers of asbestos…

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Another protest is planned outside Cape’s offices in Warrington

13 July 2023

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer caused by asbestos. A company called Cape was a leading manufacturer of asbestos products in the UK from the 1950s to the 1980s. Altrad is now Cape’s parent company, and purchased Cape in 2017. Our case against Cape The UK Forum of Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups (AVSGF), to which ASCE…

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