Thompsons has helped fund the role of a new clinical nurse specialist at the national asbestos-related cancer charity, Mesothelioma UK.

Simon Bolton will be based at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and will provide vital advice, care and support for mesothelioma patients across North and West Yorkshire. He will also be responsible for liaising with multi-disciplinary teams across the county and will continue to co-ordinate a regional support group for mesothelioma patients and carers.

Simon Bolton, the new Mesothelioma UK nurse in North and West Yorkshire
Simon Bolton, the new Mesothelioma UK nurse in North and West Yorkshire

The full-time role is funded by Mesothelioma UK with support from a number of law firms including Thompsons Solicitors as one of its legal panel members.

Helen Tomlin said: “For decades, we have seen first-hand how asbestos devastates the lives of families across the region. It is a privilege to be involved in this initiative, helping improve vital services for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. We’re looking forward to seeing Simon build on the sterling efforts of the specialist lung cancer nurses and to drive further access to this crucial support service across our region.

“For us, this support mixes the professional and personal. From a professional perspective, we want our clients to have the best care possible and for those who may have been exposed to asbestos to be advised and helped by experts as soon as possible. We get to know the victims and their loved ones well, so making sure they have the support they need becomes personal.”

Commenting on his new role, Simon Bolton said: “It’s fantastic to be back in the Mesothelioma UK team, raising awareness of the disease, and supporting patients and their families throughout their treatment and care journey.”

Thompsons is one of the leading British asbestos solicitors firms and paved the way for asbestos litigation in the UK, bringing about the first successful asbestos disease claim to the House of Lords in 1972. As a point of principle, Thompsons Solicitors only represents workers and their families who have developed asbestos diseases and never acts for employers, defendants or insurance companies. 

Find out more information on how to make an asbestos disease claim here.