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South West and Wales


Bristol and Beyond Asbestos Family Support (BBAFS) is a support group covering a wide geographical area around the South West and into Wales.

BBAFS offers friendship, support and information for all affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, including their carers, families and friends. 

For further details please visit our website; http://www.bristolasbestossupport.co.uk/ or contact Sarah Smith on 0117 414 1010  


A group for widows and partners of asbestos sufferers.  The group meets monthly for friendship and mutual support as well as practical help for people who are nursing a member of the family with asbestos disease.

Contact: Mrs Pat Lewis on 01793 532995 

The Southwest Mesothelioma Support group covers Devon and Cornwall

The group meets regularly at 10 am -12 pm on the last Thursday of each month tea and biscuits in The Future Inn in Plymouth and the second Thursday of each month in the Victoria Inn, Truro, from 10 am -12 pm for Cornish Cream tea.

Local mesothelioma sufferers and also families who have lost a loved one through mesothelioma or another asbestos disease are most welcome. It is a group aiming to share information on local asbestos issues, ways to spread asbestos awareness throughout the local community, current clinical trials and ways to access them and generally offering support and advice to those newly diagnosed and going through treatment through to surviving relatives. There is also the opportunity to participate in fundraising events and the group is very active in this respect. 

For further information about the group and future events please contact Christine Jones, Mesothelioma UK Specialist Nurse for the Southwest on 01752 432383.

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 Cheltenham & Gloucester

We are delighted to announce a new support group organised by Gerry Slade, the first appointed Mesothelioma Specialist Nurse for Mesothelioma UK and the founder of the hugely successful Mesothelioma Support Group at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.  Having relocated to the South West,  Gerry is now an Ambassador for Mesothelioma UK  and has set up a new group aimed at supporting those suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases and their families, meeting at Whitminster Village Hall, Gloucestershire, GL2 7NT.

The group is backed by Liz Darlison of Mesothelioma UK as well as local Lung Cancer Specialist Nurses, Sidonie Roger and Fiona Young. 

This friendly group meets once a month and enjoys a variety of visiting informative and helpful speakers; recent examples include Liz Darlison as well as a local Physiotherapist and Nutritionist.  

The next meetings at Whitminster Village Hall are on November 16th between 2 and 4 pm.  

We also have plans for a Christmas meal and trips to local places of interest.  Do come along and join this friendly group who will welcome you with tea, coffee, biscuits, a speaker and an opportunity to chat … as well as a raffle which is always fun!

For further information please contact Gerry Slade on telephone 07391 668449 or email Gerry.Slade4@yahoo.com