The family of a Birkenhead man who died after developing an asbestos-related cancer is appealing to his former colleagues at Freeman Hardy & Willis for information on how he may have been exposed to asbestos.

Clifford Davies died aged 64, 11 months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer associated with asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs.

He worked for Freeman Hardy Willis, later known as the British Shoe Corporation, from 1976 to 1992. During the 16 years he worked there, his roles included being a sales manager at stores in Birkenhead, Widnes, Old Swan in Liverpool and Liverpool’s Church Street.

His brother, Douglas, said: “If anyone has information that can confirm how my brother was exposed to asbestos, please get in touch as soon as you can. Your information could be the missing piece of the puzzle we need to get some answers on how my brother was exposed to asbestos.”

Clifford Davies, left, with his family

The family believe there was asbestos insulation in the basement where Clifford spent significant time during the course of his employment collecting and organising shoes. The asbestos would have been disturbed during refurbishments and repairs.

“It is important we trace Clifford’s co-workers and obtain the information the family needs to progress his case. Compensation will never make up for their loss, but it is important to them that his previous employers are held accountable.”

Paula Wrigley, Asbestos specialist, Thompsons Solicitors

Paula Wrigley, who is representing Mr Davies’ family in an asbestos disease claim, said: “Asbestos-related disease is expected to cause thousands more deaths a year and is already considered the biggest industrial killer of all time.

“It is important we trace Clifford’s co-workers and obtain the information the family needs to progress his case. Compensation will never make up for their loss, but it is important to them that his previous employers are held accountable.”

If anyone has information about the working conditions or refurbishment carried out at Freeman Hardy and Willis, then British Shoe Corporation, please contact Paula Wrigley as a matter of urgency on 0151 224 1608 or email PaulaWrigley@thompsons.law.co.uk.