The family of a Swansea woman who died from an asbestos disease is calling on her former colleagues who worked at toy manufacturer Mettoy previously one of the city’s largest employers - to help them make a legal claim.

Susan Copp died in August 2019, aged 69, after a two-year battle with the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma.

Her family believe she may have been exposed to asbestos when she worked at the Mettoy factory in Fforrestfach in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during which time more than a 1,000 people were employed at the site. Ms Copp worked on the assembly line, and at one point she worked on the production of replica cars for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Her husband, Stephen, said: “We want to discuss the working conditions with anyone who was employed at the factory in the 1960s and early 1970s. 

“What makes our loss more upsetting is that she was so young when she took this job. She worked there for a brief period of time, and yet it could well have been this job that took her away from us. Now, we just want answers.”

Mrs Copp’s family is being supported by J M Parsons & Co Solicitors, a Llanelli-based company that specialises in asbestos claims.

The family’s solicitor, Amanda Jones, said: “Mettoy’s toy products would give a little bit of excitement and happiness for children across the UK when it was open for business. Unfortunately, if our suspicions are correct, the working conditions did not mirror this and could have led to Mrs Copp’s death.

“Mrs Copp worked at the factory during its heyday, so we’re confident there will be people who can shed light on where asbestos was used. We are determined to hold those responsible to account for her death, but we can only do this if former employees come forward.”

Anyone with information that can support the claim should contact Amanda Jones at J M Parsons & Co Solicitors on 01554 779940 or amanda@jmplaw.co.uk.