A Lincolnshire widower, whose wife died from asbestos-related cancer, is urging her former colleagues at Halls Barton Ropery Company Ltd to help with an appeal for witnesses.

Mary Graves, from Brigg, died in January 2017 after a nearly five-year battle with mesothelioma. She was 82 years old.

Her husband, Michael, is now calling on anyone with information about the working conditions at Halls Barton Ropery Company Ltd during the 1940s and 1950s to get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors. We are particularly interested in speaking to any maintenance workers or tradesmen who may have information about the presence of asbestos in the building itself.

She worked at the Barton-upon-Humber rope manufacturer for a few months in 1948 and again between 1953 and 1957, making hemp rope for farm goods.

"We are hoping to get information from those who worked with or near to Mary, such as fitters and maintenance workers. With their help, we hope we can support the family with a compensation claim."

Helen Tomlin of Thompsons Solicitors

Unfortunately, weeks after her diagnosis, Mary suffered a severe stroke after having fluid drained from her lung. She experienced memory loss, speech issues and had trouble eating as her illness progressed. The stroke left her unable to remember her working conditions.

Having turned to Thompsons Solicitors for legal advice, Michael is now hoping his wife’s former colleagues can shed light on how she came to be exposed to the asbestos that caused her disease.

“I have been absolutely devastated by the loss of my wife,” he said. “It was a horrible experience to watch her slowly decline over five years. Before we could

even process what had happened after her initial diagnosis, she suffered a stroke, which robbed me of the Mary I had previously known.

“If there is anyone out there who worked with my wife, or knows how she may have come into contact with asbestos during her two periods of employment there, please get in touch today.”

Asbestos experts Thompsons Solicitors have supported families with claims since the first-ever successful asbestos claim at the House of Lords in 1972, and the firm has recently launched its #PastButPresent campaign to give a voice to the families and communities that have been devastated by the disease.

Helen Tomlin, the solicitor supporting Michael’s claim, said: “We are hoping to get information from those who worked with or near to Mary, such as fitters and maintenance workers. With their help, we hope we can support the family with a compensation claim.

“No one should have to see a loved one’s quality of life deteriorate in this way, especially when it has been caused by a preventable illness. Michael and his family have suffered for far too long because of asbestos. I hope we can get them the answers they deserve.”

Anyone with information about working conditions at Halls Barton Ropery Company Ltd, especially between 1948 and 1957, should contact Helen Tomlin at Thompsons Solicitors on 0113 205 6385 or email helentomlin@thompsons.law.co.uk.