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Watch Dr Riyaz Shah specialist in mesothelioma

Dr Riyaz Shah renowned specialist in mesothelioma states it’s critical that more money is given to research into a cure for mesothelioma.

Professor Peter Szlosarek supports Cape Must Pay Campaign

We are delighted that Professor Peter Szlosarek, an eminent specialist in mesothelioma speaks out in support of our Cape Must Pay Campaign. Watch the film below.  

Mesothelioma sufferer Reg and his family, appeals to Cape/Altrad for vital financial research donation

“From Mountain climbing to struggling to walk to the shops” Mr Reg Harris, has kindly shared his story as to why he has joined many sufferers in support of our Cape (Read More)

Dr Robin Rudd, Prof Sanjay Popat & Prof Sir Anthony Newman Taylor nominated Asthma Lung UK, read our statement below

We were extremely fortunate to have Dr Robin Rudd, Professor Sanjay Popat and Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor participate and advise in negotiations with Cape/Altrad. Their unanimous advice was to recommend (Read More)

Watch Peter Browne’s message to Cape/Altrad

Peter cites the fact that there are over 5000 deaths caused by asbestos exposure every year. He refers to the 1,700 road death toll in 2022, which has been reduced from (Read More)

Senior Laboratory Technician in the Biology Department in a Worcestershire school prepared Asbestolux

Dear Mr. Oren, Re: Disclosure of Cape documents and £10m mesothelioma research donation My wife Lyn, worked in a Worcestershire school as a Senior Laboratory Technician in the Biology Department. During (Read More)

A 40 year old mother of two boys aged one & six, has recently been diagnosed with the incurable disease “Mesothelioma”. 

Dear Mr. Oren, Re: Disclosure of Cape documents and £10m mesothelioma research donation Our beautiful 40 year old daughter, a mother of two boys ages one and six, has recently been diagnosed with (Read More)

“I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a life expectancy of only twelve months”

Dear Mr. Oren, Re: Disclosure of Cape documents and £10m mesothelioma research donation I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a life expectancy of only twelve months. This shocking diagnosis, (Read More)

Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (AVSGF) marks 100 years of the first victim

Press Release: For Immediate Release AVSGF Press Release NKershaw (1) Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (AVSGF) marks 100 years of the first victim, Nellie Kershaw, recognised to have died from asbestos (Read More)

Watch Hannah Larkin’s emotional plea to Cape/Altrad to pay £10mil towards mesothelioma research

Hannah Larkin, whose father died from mesothelioma, delivered a powerful plea to Cape / Altrad before Parliamentarians, to pay £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK for research to find a (Read More)

Watch Tony Dulwich’s plea before Parliamentarians for Cape / Altrad to pay £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK

Today, mesothelioma sufferer Tony Dulwich, delivered a passionate plea to Parliamentarians at an APPG, for Cape/Altrad to pay £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK for mesothelioma research. Watch his speech (Read More)

Peter Gartside’s speech at the APPG calling for Cape Altrad to pay £10 mil towards medical research

Peter Gartside’s speech at the APPG calling for Cape Altrad to pay £10 mil towards medical research – YouTube My name is Peter Gartside. I worked for Cape as a Managing (Read More)

Peter Browne’s request to Cape/Altrad to pay £10 million for research into mesothelioma

  Watch Peter Browne’s request to Cape/Altrad to pay £10 million for research into mesothelioma. Sadly, Peter’s wife Julia died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos whilst working as a (Read More)

Tony Dulwich describing how his life has deteriorated since his diagnosis of mesothelioma

  Watch the heart-wrenching film of Tony Dulwich describing how his life has deteriorated since his diagnosis of mesothelioma, and how it has affected him and his family. He makes a (Read More)

A Daughter’s Plea

Hannah’s father sadly passed away from mesothelioma. Hannah and her family have been unable to move on from their unavoidable, family tragedy. Watch Hannah’s emotional plea to Cape/Altrad, to pay £10 (Read More)

Mesothelioma Sufferer’s Plea to Cape/Altrad

Tony Dulwich, a mesothelioma sufferer, makes a plea to Cape/Altrad to pay £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK for research to find a cure for mesothelioma. Tony was exposed to (Read More)

Another Heartfelt Plea to Cape/Altrad

Another heartfelt plea to Cape/Altrad from a daughter whose father sadly, passed away from mesothelioma.  Hannah describes how her father’s death tore through her family and she remains unable to comprehend (Read More)

A widows letter to Cape/Altrad

Widower implores Cape/Altrad Services to pay £10 million towards medical research in support of our Cape Must Pay campaign. Mr Browne describes how he has lost his best friend and the (Read More)

*****NEWSFLASH***** Insider supports campaign for Cape/Altrad to pay for Mesothelioma Research

Cape was a leading, multinational manufacturer of asbestos products and is now owned by parent company Altrad. A 2019 legal case won by Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (AVSGF) in the (Read More)

Report: Cape Must Pay! protest at Rugby World Cup in Paris

On Friday 8th September, Cape Must Pay! protesters gathered at the Stade de France in Paris, where France were playing New Zealand in the rugby world cup. We are asking both (Read More)

Clydebank Post covers Cape Must Pay! protest at the Rugby World Cup

The Clydebank Post has covered our Cape Must Pay! protest at the Rugby World Cup in Paris tomorrow. Read the article here. We are calling on Altad, the owners of former (Read More)

Cape Must Pay! campaigners call on French & New Zealand rugby teams to end “sportswashing” deal with Altrad

UK and French anti-asbestos campaigners and asbestos victims are protesting outside the France vs New Zealand rugby match at the Stade de France on Friday 8th September 2023. We are holding (Read More)

46 MPs sign Early Day Motion on Cape Must Pay!

Huge thanks to the 6 MPs who recently signed Early Day Motion 93 (tabled 23rd May 2022) in support of our campaign to get Altrad, the owners of former asbestos manufacturer (Read More)

Report from Cape Must Pay! protest in Rotherham

On Wednesday 16th August 2023, asbestos victims and anti-asbestos campaigners from across the country gathered to demand Altrad donate £10 million to mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is an under-researched cancer caused by (Read More)

Major recent press coverage of the Cape Must Pay! campaign

Guardian newspaper covers Cape Must Pay! campaign today.

Asbestos victims demand end to public contracts for Altrad: open letters sent to Prime Minister & Leader of Opposition

We have today written to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer. We are asking for a moratorium on any new public contracts being (Read More)

Report: Cape Must Pay! protest in Warrington, Monday 17th July 2023

On 17th July 2023, asbestos victims & anti-asbestos campaigners gathered outside the Cape /Altrad office in Warrington to demand £10 million for mesothelioma research. Cape was a major asbestos manufacturer. It (Read More)

Report: Cape Must Pay! campaign in London, 10th July 2023

On Monday 10th July 2023, asbestos victims and anti-asbestos campaigners from around the country met in London to promote our Cape Must Pay! campaign. We are calling on Cape, a former (Read More)

MPs & Mayor support Cape Must Pay! campaign at Action Mesothelioma Day 2023

On 7th July 2023, local Action Mesothelioma Day events around the UK promoted the Cape Must Pay! campaign. We are campaigning for Cape, a former asbestos manufacturer now owned by Altrad, (Read More)

Cape Must Pay! campaign resumes

We have met with Cape, a former asbestos manufacturer now owned by Altrad, to discuss our demand for £10 million for mesothelioma research. We regret that an agreement has not been (Read More)

MP backs Forum’s campaign for full compensation for people with asbestos-related lung cancer

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is demanding a change to the law that would deliver justice for people with asbestos-related lung cancer. “People who have lung cancer because they were exposed (Read More)

Stephan Schmidheiny of Eternit jailed for the deaths of 392 asbestos victims in Casale Monferrato

Stephan Schmidheiny, former main shareholder of asbestos company Eternit Italia, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for the aggravated manslaughter of 392 asbestos victims in the town of Casale (Read More)

URGENT: Cape to meet with Forum, protests against Cape on 19th April on hold

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, along with internationally recognised medical professionals, will meet with Cape to discuss our demand that Cape pay £10 million to medical research. As a (Read More)

MPs call on Altrad, the owners of Cape, to finally do the right thing!

Documents obtained by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK show that Cape, formerly a leading asbestos manufacturer, hid the true dangers of its deadly products in the 1960s and 1970s. (Read More)

Save the jobs at Phoenix House!

Phoenix House is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office in Barrow-in-Furness. The staff there have decades of experience in processing claims for industrial injuries benefits. The DWP has announced (Read More)

Report from Cape protest 30th September

On 30th September 2022, dozens of asbestos victims and anti-asbestos campaigners protested outside Cape offices in Rotherham and Warrington. The protests were called by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK. (Read More)

Forum protest against Cape, 1pm Friday 30th September 2022

At 1pm on Friday 30th September 2022, the Asbestos Victims Supports Groups’ Forum UK is holding protests outside Cape offices in Rotherham (Building 2 Fields End, Davey Road, S63 0JF) & (Read More)

Job Vacancy: Asbestos Support Central England

Administration & Bookkeeping Assistant. Closing date 18th May 2022. You will be helping a small team deliver vital support to those with asbestos related diseases including admin and bookkeeping, answering our (Read More)

“Asbestos- My War With The Devil’s Dust” (Eric Jonckheere)

This new book, available now,  is Eric’s story of his family tragedies, a family torn apart by the asbestos company where they lived. It is a very sad and poignant story (Read More)

Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK’s landmark battle for historical documents reveal that Cape knew of the dangers of Asbestos Insulation Board/Asbestolux.

Documents saved from destruction thanks to a court battle waged by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum) will be vital to future asbestos compensation cases. The documents were (Read More)

Bill Lawrence: a tribute to a great campaigner

It is with great sadness that the Forum reports the recent death of Mr Bill Lawrence, a tireless campaigner for the safety and health of workers, particularly with regards to the (Read More)

Forum response to Parliamentary inquiry into asbestos management

The Work and Pensions Committee of backbench MPs has announced an inquiry into the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) approach to managing asbestos. Though asbestos was banned in the UK in (Read More)

Job Advert Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group Asbestos Victims Support Group Worker

3 to 5 days / 21 to 35 hours per week (number of hours per week flexible, by negotiation) £31,346 per annum for 35 hours per week. 25 days annual leave, (Read More)

Job advert: SARAG- Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Support

SARAG- Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Support are recruiting a benefit advice and support worker. £25,444 per annum, 35 hours per week. Closing date 14th May 2021. Email enquiries@saragasbestossupport.org for an application (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2021

Follow this link and subscribe to stay up to date with Action Mesothelioma Day 2021! The Forum are involved in this national event which will take place as well as support (Read More)

National Garden Scheme Fundraising for Mesothelioma UK

During August and September you are invited to visit a beautiful garden in the lovely surroundings of Pershore, in Worcestershire, which is being opened to the public in aid of Mesothelioma (Read More)

Forum challenges LASPO review

6th July 2020 The High Court is to hear our challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s Review of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). (Read More)

Health alert: asbestos in baby powder?

17th June 2020 The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK today alerted UK Ministers about the serious health hazard posed by the ongoing sale of talc-based baby powder in the UK. (Read More)

Our response to COVID-19

9th April 2020 Despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation,  support groups across the country are still providing services to asbestos victims, in what are very difficult circumstances. If you have an asbestos (Read More)

Supreme Court orders Cape Intermediate Holdings to hand over documents to Forum

22nd October 2019 A landmark judgment* by the Supreme Court on 29th July ruled that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK can access court documents used in a legal case against (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2019

5th July 2019 This annual event was inaugurated in 2006 to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to promote an Action Mesothelioma Charter (see below). Each year, on the first Friday in (Read More)

Final act in the landmark Cape case?

13th February 2019 Asbestos campaigners will be rallying on the steps of the Supreme Court at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 18th February in support of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (the (Read More)

Landmark Court of Appeal success for asbestos victims

31st July 2018 The Court of Appeal today ruled that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (‘the Forum’) has a legitimate interest in obtaining documents that will shed light on the true (Read More)

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

6th December 2017 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 (Read More)

Phoenix House saved!

3rd August 2017 The campaign to save Phoenix House benefit office in Barrow has been won, at least until 2023! The Government announced that it has withdrawn plans to close down this (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

7th July 2017 Each year, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness of mesothelioma, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients and more (Read More)

Keep Phoenix House open!

4th May 2017 Phoenix House in Barrow, Cumbria has been earmarked for closure in March 2018 by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Phoenix House is a specialist benefits office (Read More)

Identity of Asbestos Spy Revealed

21st December 2016 The name of the individual caught spying on asbestos campaign groups has been revealed after the High Court lifted his anonymity protection. Robert (Rob) Moore had posed as (Read More)

It’s official – Canada to ban use of asbestos by 2018

15th December 2016 The Canadian Federal government announced today that asbestos and asbestos-containing materials will be banned by 2018. This is a significant and welcome reversal by Canada which, until very (Read More)

Asbestos victims welcome Companies House change of heart on destroying records

27th November 2016 Groups representing sufferers of asbestos related diseases have welcomed reassurances given on behalf of the Government that proposals to destroy records of dissolved companies have been abandoned. The (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2016

1st July 2016 Portsmouth 12 noon: Dove release, raffle and buffet, followed by Public Meeting. Refreshments available. The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH http://www.hasag.co.uk/event/action-mesothelioma-day/ Organised by HASAG (Hampshire Asbestos Support & (Read More)

Kathleen Ruff honoured by Quebec’s National Assembly

17th June 2016 One of Canada’s best known anti-asbestos campaigners has been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honour by Quebec’s National Assembly in recognition of her tireless work campaigning against Canada’s (Read More)

Asbestos Victims Groups welcome £5 million pledged for a National Mesothelioma Centre

30th March 2016 Funding for mesothelioma research has always been pitifully low and for years now the Forum has campaigned hard for better funding. Our groups have raised hundreds of thousands (Read More)

Remembering Lord Avebury

15th February 2016 Asbestos victims will miss Lord Avebury, one of their staunchest champions, who died on the 13 February 2016. Lord Avebury championed many causes during his long political career, including (Read More)

Victims Groups disappointed at Mesothelioma Fund levy cut

13th January 2016 Asbestos victims’ support groups expressed their disappointment at yesterday’s Government announcement to reduce funding for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme. The new levy will raise £23.2 million for (Read More)

The asbestos crisis – why Britain needs an eradication law

16th October 2015 Asbestos victims’ groups have today welcomed proposals for a new law to remove asbestos from workplaces, public buildings and homes in Britain. The proposals, contained in a new (Read More)

Michael Lees steps down

9th October 2015 Michael Lees, who set up the Asbestos in Schools group and initiated the Joint Union Asbestos Committee, stepped down from his roles in these organisations earlier this year. (Read More)

Stop playing with cancer!

27th July 2015 Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible (Read More)

Government gives way again over court costs in face of asbestos victims’ legal challenge

4th July 2015 The Asbestos Victims Support Group’s Forum brought a judicial review challenge to the Government’s enhanced court costs which means that most mesothelioma sufferers will have to pay an (Read More)

Charter for Justice launched

23rd April 2015 The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK has issued a Charter for Justice for asbestos victims. The Charter sets out a small number of easily affordable reforms that would (Read More)

UK victims of mesothelioma support Eternit victims in Italy

28th January 2015 On 18 November 2014, a delegation of 13 Forum members travelled from the UK to Italy. Our itinerary would be to spend 2 days in Rome to witness (Read More)

High Court Halts Government Plans to Increase Asbestos Victims’ Legal Costs

3rd October 2014 In a stunning rebuke for the Government the High Court has today (2 October 2014) put a halt to Government plans that would have seen court damages paid (Read More)

Asbestos Supreme Court Judgment Victory

28th March 2012 Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in favour of claimants suffering from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, in the ‘Trigger’ case which has been ongoing for 6 (Read More)

16 Years sentence for 3,000 Asbestos Deaths Historic Criminal Negligence Verdict in Turin Eternit Trial

13th February 2012 Eternit asbestos cement company magnates, Swiss Stephan Schnidheiny and Belgian Baron De Cartier de Marchienne have been found guilty today in a Turin court of criminal charges of causing wilful (Read More)

Supreme Court rules out asbestos exposure threshold for mesothelioma

9th March 2011 In a landmark decision today, 9th March, involving the deaths of mesothelioma sufferers Diane Wilmore, exposed to asbestos at school, and Enid Costello, exposed to asbestos in a factory, the (Read More)

Call for government funding for mesothelioma research centre.

1st February 2009 Mesothelioma sufferers will gather on Friday, February 27 to call for the government to invest millions in research to treat the devastating asbestos related disease, Mesothelioma is the least researched (Read More)