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.

Next Living Well meeting Monday 7th January 2019

The next meeting of the Living Well With Mesothelioma support group will be from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Monday 7th January 2019 at Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JQ).

Dr Ian Banks will be talking about men’s health.

Though the group usually meets on the first Monday of the month, this month’s meeting will take place on the second Monday, to avoid clashing with New Year’s Eve.

The Living Well With Mesothelioma support group is for people with mesothelioma and their carers. For more information, please ring 0161 636 7555.

Breathless film & Crowdjustice appeal

On Wednesday 21st November 2018, over 70 asbestos victims, campaigners & solicitors attended a showing of the award-winning film ‘Breathless’ in Salford.

The film documents the devastating impact of the asbestos industry in Belgium and India. A link to the trailer of the film can be found here. The showing was followed with a Q&A with Krishnendu Mukherjee, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London. The event was organised by GMAVSG.

£146 was raised at the event for a legal challenge to clean up the Kymore asbestos waste dump, which featured heavily in the film.

If you want to donate to the legal challenge, you can do so online here by 8am on 24th November 2018.

Next meeting of Mesothelioma Support Group Wednesday 19th December 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be the Christmas lunch at 12 noon on Wednesday 19th December  2018 at Manchester Hall (36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT).

Tickets are £34 per person. If you want to attend, and you have not yet paid, please ring us on 0161 636 7555 by Monday 12th November 2018 at the very latest.

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma.

Gordon Marriott Memorial Golf Day 2018

This year’s Gordon Marriott Memorial Golf Day took place at Blackley Golf Club, Middleton on Friday 7 September.

The day has been held annually since 2011 in memory of the late Gordon Marriott who passed away from mesothelioma in 2010.

His daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Chris Hazelhurst, set up the annual golf day to raise awareness of mesothelioma and raise money for the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG).

Living Well meetings

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.

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.

£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!