The family of a Beverley man are appealing to his former colleagues for answers about how he was exposed to asbestos, which caused his death.

Roy Exley died aged 85 in February last year, just three months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the fatal asbestos cancer.

His family believe the grandfather of five was exposed to asbestos between 1974 and 1988 when he visited the production lines at ABI Caravans, in Beverley, while employed as a draftsman during that time.

His daughter, Anne Anderson, said: “We desperately need people who worked on the production lines at ABI Caravans between 1974 and 1988 to confirm if there was asbestos present or not.

“No one should die from working hard. Whatever information you have, however small it may seem, will be greatly appreciated.”

Roy Exley with his family
Roy Exley with his family

Mr Exley’s family is being supported by expert mesothelioma lawyers at Thompsons Solicitors, who paved the way for asbestos litigation in the UK ever since it brought about the first successful asbestos disease claim to the House of Lords in 1972. As a point of principle, Thompsons only represents workers and their families who have developed asbestos diseases and never acts for employers or insurance companies. 

Helen Tomlin, who is representing the family, said: “Roy worked at ABI Caravans for a significant period so we’re hopeful someone will recognise him and come forward.

“Sadly, like many others who have also died from mesothelioma, Roy was a hard-working man who only wanted to provide for his family, but was severely let down by his employers.

“Anyone who has information should get in touch as soon as possible. They could hold all of the answers his family so desperately need.”

If you have any information to support this appeal, contact Helen Tomlin on