“I used to climb mountains, now I struggle to walk to the shops” Reg Harris and his family write to Ran Oren COO of Altrad

Reg Harris coming up to the first belay on Right Twin Aonach Mor Nevis

Like many others, Reg’s story is heart wrenching and emotional Reg writes “I have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma which has drastically curtailed my once fit and healthy lifestyle. I have worked most of my life in the building trade, many years as a plumber with a Local Authority on housing stock, schools and various other public buildings. I used…

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Cape Must Pay protest goes to Paris

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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Meso Patient Susan Bateman Asking Cape to Pay

Sue Bateman speaking at the Cape Must Pay demo in Rotherham

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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Supporters of ASCE demonstrate outside Altrad’s UK headquarters

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

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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Andy Street joins us for Action Mesothelioma Day

Andy Street with the Cape Must Pay banner

Action Mesothelioma Day in the West Midlands was a big success. More than sixty people gathered at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham, where we were joined for part of the afternoon by the region’s mayor, Andy Street. A full report and more photos will follow, but for the time being we wanted to…

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Open Letter to Ran Oren, Joint CEO of Altrad

On 26 October the Forum of UK Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups sent the following open letter to Mr Ran Oren, the Joint CEO of Cape’s parent company Altrad. He is also the sole director of Cape Intermediate Holdings. It was addressed to his office at 125, Rue du Mas de Carbonnier, 34000 Montpellier in France.…

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