Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) is a registered charity (1113201).

We offer free and independent advice on benefits and compensation to people with asbestos-related diseases and their families.

We also campaign for better funding for medical research and treatment, fairer benefits and compensation, the removal of asbestos from the places where we work and live, and an international ban on asbestos.

As a small charity, we rely on donations to carry on the work we do. To donate to us, please click here.

Living Well With Mesothelioma meeting 14th May 2018

The next meeting of the Living Well With Mesothelioma support group is at 1.30pm on Monday 14th May 2018 in the Lincoln 1 room at Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JQ).

Dr Paul Taylor will be giving an update on clinical trials, and we will also be holding the ‘Muffins For Meso’ bake-off.

The Living Well With Mesothelioma support group is for people with mesothelioma and those who care for them. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

Please support Graham to do the Manchester 10k on 20th May!

Graham Dring is running the Manchester 10k on Sunday 20th May 2018.

Graham has, optimistically, already paid for a finisher’s medal. He is keen to reassure would-be supporters that he has now started training hard, and that he will rise to the challenge on the day!

Please consider sponsoring Graham, if you are able to. To sponsor Graham online, please click here.

All money raised will go to GMAVSG to help pay for the services we deliver to people with asbestos diseases in Greater Manchester & beyond.

 

£176.25 raised for Living Well With Mesothelioma group

Many thanks to everyone who kindly sponsored Rob Rayner to give up booze for Lent. The last day of Lent is today, Rob has not touched a drop, and £176.25 has been raised for the Living Well With Mesothelioma support group. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Mesothelioma Support Group meeting Wednesday 9th May 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

GMAVSG oral history project

In 2014, GMAVSG paid Nigel Ingham of the Open University to do a series of oral history interviews with both mesothelioma sufferers and those who had lost a loved one to the disease.

The interviewees talk at length about the impact of the disease on their personal and family lives. The interview material is uniquely valuable in terms of its social significance and historical interest. However, the recorded personal testimonies are very moving, and occasionally distressing.

Digital audio recordings of the seven oral history interviews, including transcripts, short summaries and photographs, have been deposited with the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) at Strathclyde University.

Access to these records will be restricted during the lifetime of the interviewees. Under these restrictions, access can only be granted under certain conditions to the public for research purposes. To access the records, you will need to provide details of your research, and sign a ‘data protection’ undertaking.

After the restricted period, the records will be made freely available to the public for research purposes.

Researchers wishing to access the records should contact the Scottish Oral History Centre.

Landmark Victory in the High Court for Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum) have won a case in the High Court for disclosure of historic documents that could reveal that industry and Government agencies knew far more about the dangers of asbestos products than they revealed.

In February 2017 a 6 week long case concluded in the Royal Courts of Justice between insurance companies, who had previously paid compensation to dying mesothelioma victims, and Cape Distribution Limited and subsidiary companies. The insurers argued that Cape should share the costs of compensation as it was their products that had caused the diseases, and because Cape knew more about the dangers of their products than they had disclosed.

During the course of this case, the Cape companies were ordered to disclose thousands of documents which showed what they knew about the dangers of exposure to asbestos. Both sides made a confidential agreement to destroy these documents at the end of the trial. On hearing this, the Forum instructed Harminder Bains of Leigh Day to apply to the Court to preserve the documents, which Master McCloud granted in April.

At a 3 day hearing in the High Court in October, Counsel for the Forum argued that it was in the public interest that the Forum be given these documents. They could help mesothelioma victims currently pursuing compensation claims in courts. It was also in the wider public interest to learn more about how Cape contributed to the biggest industrial disaster this country has ever seen and how their political lobbying influenced Government safety measures that were supposed to protect the lives and well-being of workers.

In her judgement of 5 December Master McCloud agreed the Forum had a legitimate interest in obtaining the documents, and decided in the Forum’s favour, agreeing disclosure of most of the documents the Forum had requested. She stated that the Forum was “a group which provides help and support to asbestos victims. In some respects it is also a pressure group and is involved in lobbying and in promoting asbestos knowledge and safety. Those are legitimate activities and provide legitimate interest”.

Graham Dring, Chair of the Forum said “This decision is fantastic news. Cape, along with Turner & Newall were the two biggest asbestos companies in this country. Their activities and products exposed thousands of workers and their families to asbestos and caused many deaths from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. It is essential we now find out exactly how much they knew about the dangers of their products and when they knew this. These documents have been hidden for far too long. Cape owe us all an explanation of their role in the biggest industrial scandal to hit this country, a scandal that has not yet run its course with tens of thousands more men and women expected to die from mesothelioma”.

Harminder Bains of Leigh Day, and Rob Weir and Jonathan Butters of Devereux Chambers acted on behalf of the Forum.

Thank you Michael Galvin!

Michael completed the Melbourne Marathon on the 15th October 2017 in 4 hrs 20 mins.

Michael raised over £1,176 for GMAVSG.

A big thank you to Michael, and to everyone who sponsored him!

 

Scientists speak out against asbestos

Please take the time to view the clip below of scientists from the USA and Canada speaking out against the dangers of asbestos.

Thank you, Madelene & Natalie!

On 2-3rd September 2017, Madelene Holdsworth and Natalie Lamb of Slater & Gordon completed the gruelling 56 mile Bullock Smithy walk to raise funds for GMAVSG.

Following the walk, Madelene said: “It was an extreme challenge and we had a good go at it! Can’t say I’d do it again though….

Thank you for your efforts, Natalie & Madelene!

£573 was raised for GMAVSG (£708.75 with Gift Aid). Many thanks to all who donated.

 

Charity hike up Snowdon

On 29th April 2017, staff from the Manchester and Chester offices of Slater & Gordon hiked up Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales) to raise much-needed funds for GMAVSG and Mesothelioma UK.

The ascent was no walk in the park, but the team enjoyed spectacular panoramic views, on what turned out to be a beautifully clear day. This was one of Snowdon’s busiest weekends of the year. On the descent, there was a stark reminder of the dangers of the mountain, with rescue helicopters hovering above injured and fallen climbers.

Many thanks to the team at Slater & Gordon for their efforts, and to all those who donated.

A total of £917.24, including gift aid, was raised for GMAVSG.