Thank goodness Asbestos Support Central England exists and continues to help people with asbestos related diseases!

Maureen Chetwyn writes: My husband Bob, (Pictured during his treatment) was diagnosed with mesothelioma on the 30th of July 2014. I consider myself very lucky to have shared a further two-and-half years with him, until the the 11th of December 2016. During this period we enjoyed several holidays together. (We went whale watching in Canada.)…

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Patients with incurable asbestos-related cancer have seen processing times for benefits and government compensation double  

Mesothelioma patients have seen an increase in processing times for applications from 24 days in 2022 to 48 days in 2023 New research from Mesothelioma UK, the national asbestos-related cancer charity, has confirmed that times for processing benefits and government compensation claims for mesothelioma patients have doubled within a year. This is also our experience…

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Looking out for the symptoms of mesothelioma

My name is Emily-Jane Scandrett. I’d like to raise more awareness about the symptoms people experience leading up to their diagnosis.  Not just awareness for the general public but for health care professionals too… as my diagnosis took a horrid 17 months! What to look out for Below are the symptoms listed on the MesotheliomaUK…

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Pick up a penguin

Mr Ken Dorsett picking up a penguin

One of our oldest service users, Mr Kenneth Dorsett, proves that there’s life after a diagnosis of mesothelioma. He met a penguin while staying at his local hospice. And he even got to pick the penguin up for this photo.

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My journey with mesothelioma and what I am learning from it

Helen journeying with mesothelioma

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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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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Helen Bone’s Mesothelioma Blog

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

A colour TV

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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