The children of Joan Mary Barrow, who died after developing asbestos-related mesothelioma, are urging their mother’s former co-workers at Ward and Goldstone Limited in Hindsford, Atherton, to come forward with information about the working conditions.

Joan Barrow, whose maiden name was Longmate, worked on an assembly line at the factory between 1972 and 1973, fitting and making plug sockets.

She started suffering chest pain, breathlessness and fatigue in August 2015, which her family thought was pneumonia and a chest infection. However, her GP referred her to a consultant, who diagnosed her with the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma in November 2015. Joan died 18 months later on 29 June 2017, aged 67.

"Anyone who worked with Joan, or has information about exposure to asbestos at Ward and Goldstone Limited in Hindsford, Atherton during this time, should contact Michael Wolstencroft at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office on 0161 819 3571."

Michael Wolstencroft, of Thompsons Solicitors

Joan’s children, Lesley and Andrew, are now appealing to her former factory colleagues to contact the asbestos specialists at Thompsons Solicitors if they have any information about working conditions at the factory.

“Our Mum’s illness completely disabled her,” said Lesley. “She never smoked, never drank and was always fit and very healthy. We assumed her illness was something that would pass and she would get better. We were absolutely shocked and heartbroken at being told our Mum had the terminal cancer, mesothelioma.

“Our family is completely devastated with the loss of our lovely Mum, who fought a brave battle but suffered terribly. Our lives are ruined - we have been robbed of our Mum, and my six-year-old son has been robbed of his only Grandma. She would have lived a very long life.

“We will never get over losing her and want justice for her.”

Thompsons Solicitors’ asbestos disease team has vast experience in supporting families affected by mesothelioma, securing compensation for them and signposting them to charities and support groups. 

Michael Wolstencroft, of Thompsons Solicitors, hopes information from those who worked at the factory can help the family. 

“Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal form of cancer that currently has no cure,” he said. “While asbestos use was banned in the UK nearly 20 years ago, there are still thousands of people dying each year because of previous exposure.

“We would like to speak with anyone who could shed some light on the working conditions at Ward and Goldstone Limited in Hindsford, Atherton, between 1972 and 1973, so we can advise the family and assist them come to terms with what happened.”

Anyone who worked with Joan, or has information about exposure to asbestos at Ward and Goldstone Limited in Hindsford, Atherton during this time, should contact Michael Wolstencroft at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office on 0161 819 3571.