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.

Landmark Court of Appeal success for asbestos victims

The Court of Appeal today ruled (see Cape and Dring Approved judgment) that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (‘the Forum’) has a legitimate interest in obtaining documents that will shed light on the true knowledge of the dangers of asbestos products held by Cape Intermediate Holdings, formerly one of the largest manufacturers of asbestos products in the UK.

The Forum must be given access to numerous documents which were disclosed in an earlier case in which Cape were a defendant.

Next meeting of Living Well group Monday 6th August 2018

The next meeting of the  Living Well With Mesothelioma group is at 1.30pm on Monday 6th August 2018 in the Lincoln 1 room at Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JQ).

This group is for people with mesothelioma and their carers. For more information, please ring 0161 636 7555.

The group’s canal boat trip, which would have taken place on 6th August, is no longer happening, as too many people were unable to make it.

Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester on 6th July 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester last Friday.

The aim of Action Mesothelioma Day is to raise awareness of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, and to campaign on issues affecting mesothelioma victims, for example by calling for more funding for medical research.

Thank you, once again, to everyone who supported this very important event!

Jeff Eaman completes 100 miles bike ride for GMAVSG!

Jeff Eaman of GMAVSG has raised £888 in sponsorship for GMAVSG by doing a 100 miles overnight bike ride from Carlisle to Edinburgh on 23-24th June 2018. Him & his mates arrived in Edinburgh, somewhat exhausted, in time for a beautiful sunrise. Well done Jeff!

Support group summer holiday 2018!

Members of the mesothelioma support group, in what has become something of a tradition, had a great time on their recent summer holiday together! Full report to follow.

Next meeting of Mesothelioma Support Group 12th September 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 12th September 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.

£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!

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!