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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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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 £1700 for Mesothelioma Research

31 July 2023

Our Action Mesothelioma Day event on Friday 7 July raised £1,735 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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