A dad of three is searching for answers following a diagnosis of terminal asbestos-related cancer. 

George Stubley, 80, began suffering with breathlessness in January 2022.

He underwent tests and was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer of the lining of the lungs associated with asbestos exposure - four months later. 

He is now appealing to his ex-colleagues at one of the Bradford district’s biggest textile mills to establish how he fell ill.

Mr Stubley worked at George Hattersley and Sons Ltd, a mill known for making looms for the textile industry, in Keighley

The former joiner has asked asbestos-related lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, to investigate his illness and whether it could be linked to his working history. 

The grandad of four said: “Before my diagnosis, I was relatively fit and healthy and enjoyed spending time with my family.  But now I can’t do as much as I used to which is frustrating and upsetting.

“When the breathlessness started, I just thought I had a bad cold or some sort of virus, so to be told I had mesothelioma was a huge shock.  It wasn’t even a condition I knew anything about.

“Some days I feel better than others, but I’m still struggling to come to terms with what my illness means for my future.

“Sadly I know there is nothing that can be done to change what I’m going through, but I feel like there are questions I need answered about how I was exposed to asbestos and whether more could have been done to prevent it.  I would really appreciate if anyone can help us.”

He began working at the mill as an apprentice joiner in 1959. He continued to work in the joinery department until he was made redundant in 1968.

Based at the Northbrook Works site, he worked with 14 other employees.

Mr Stubley told his legal team that part of his role involved maintenance tasks. 

This included carrying out work in the boiler house, which contained two boilers heavily lagged with a material believed to be asbestos.

He also recalled working with sheets which he was required to cut to size using saws.

Oliver Collett, the specialist asbestos-related disease lawyer representing Mr Stubley, said: “The past ten months have been incredibly difficult for George and his family as they attempt to come to terms with his diagnosis and what their future may hold.

“While we can’t change what they’re going through, we’re determined to help them obtain answers they deserve.

“Any detail could be vital in our investigation.

“George’s story is also a stark reminder of the terrible legacy left behind by the use of asbestos.”

Anyone with information that could assist with this case is asked to contact Oliver Collett at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 394 6784 or by email at oliver.collett@irwinmitchell.com