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Going to a solicitor gave us peace of mind

21 December 2023

Terri writes: Your benefits advisers, Caroline and Kathryn, were courteous, kind and caring. They were extremely helpful in pointing us in the right direction, This took away a lot of stress and worry at a very difficult time. Their friendliness and advice was very much appreciated. Everything they did was wonderful, from arranging a Blue…

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Vacancy for a part-time client support worker

30 October 2023

Job Title: Client Support Worker   Closing Date: 9am Wednesday 22 November    Interviews: Monday 27 November   Salary: £21,968 pro rata (Approx NJC Scale 3.6) Pay rise pending in April 2024 The charity endeavours to track NJC pay scales but cannot guarantee to do so   Pension: Employee contributions 4%, Employer’s contribution 6%  …

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Helen Baker

Why are some people who’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma missing out on the benefits to which they’re entitled?

30 October 2023

My name is Helen and I have mesothelioma. One thing I have found out is that there were 2,544 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2020 but only 1,910 new cases of mesothelioma were assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Of these 280 were female. This means that a lot of people must be missing…

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Helen journeying with mesothelioma

My journey with mesothelioma and what I am learning from it

30 October 2023

My name is Helen and I have mesothelioma – please don’t stop reading because this can affect every single one of us, and not enough is known about its symptoms, effects and prognosis.  Why not?  Is it because we can’t outlive it?  I wonder how many people are interested in those cancers that cannot be…

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It’s still worth claiming benefits and compensation after low dose exposure to asbestos

20 October 2023

  Peter Lodge of Cheltenham based law firm, Festival Law, says it’s worth making a claim for low dose exposure to asbestos 58 years ago, on 31 October 1965, the Sunday Times ran an article publicising the risks of developing mesothelioma from exposure to even small levels of asbestos dust. For many years the courts…

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Cape Must Pay protest goes to Paris

19 October 2023

Plucky protesters are pictured outside the Stade de France after taking our ‘Cape Must Pay’ banner to Paris for the Rugby World Cup. We took the precaution of printing this version in French, for the benefit of the French media and passers-by. Just as when we went to Parliament Square in London, we could only…

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Sue Bateman speaking at the Cape Must Pay demo in Rotherham

Meso Patient Susan Bateman Asking Cape to Pay

4 October 2023

One of our service users, Susan Bateman went to the Cape Must Pay demonstration in Rotherham in August. We thought that there was no footage of her impassioned speech. But someone did record the very end of it. You can see Susan speaking here. She says, ‘I’m sorry my whole speech wasn’t captured. By the…

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Helen Bone’s Mesothelioma Blog

3 October 2023

You can read Helen’s blog here. She calls her blog, ‘It is what it is’. If you’re impressed, why not try creating your own blog for family, friends and other people who have an asbestos related disease? Spread the word about the risks from asbestos.

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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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