PRASAG was launched in October 2015 by Samantha Cox in memory of her father Paul Readhead. Sam has personal experience of mesothelioma after caring for her father. Sam is a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP and has trained with CRUSE Bereavement. During her father's illness it highlighted to her the need for a holistic approach, encompassing emotional, physical, social and financial wellbeing.
This was the beginning of PRASAG and with considerable support from her sister in law Lucy Reynoldson, Chris Knighton MBE (MKMRF), Leah Taylor (Mesothelioma UK), Lynne and Lisa (HASAG) the support group became a reality.
- Monthly support group meetings
- Home visits
- Help and advice on benefits and compensation
- Emotional support
Each group is attended by Leah Taylor, Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist who provides information about Mesothelioma, including symptoms, treatments and clinical trials.
We have a panel of experienced solicitors specialising in asbestos claims. The services they offer include:
- Home visits throughout the UK
- No cost to patients or their family
- 100% compensation received
Solicitors attend the monthly group to provide no obligation advice and support.
Our meetings are social and informal in a warm and friendly environment for people affected by asbestos related disease and their carers.
1st Tuesday of each month from February 2019, 11am to 1pm:
Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6NL
2nd Tuesday of each month throughout 2019, 11am to 1pm:
St. Mary's Lane St.Mary's Park, Morpeth, NE61 6BL
3rd Tuesday of each month throughout 2019, 11am to 1pm:
Seaham Hall, SR7 7AG
Refreshments are provided at all meetings
November 5th 2018: My name is Joanne Murray. I am delighted to be formally joining the PRASAG support group. In my day job I work as a Children's Community Nurse in Middlesbrough. I am a Wife, Mam, Sister & the Daughter of a Dad lost to Mesothelioma.
Today I find myself somewhere I really never wanted to be, somewhere previously only a nightmare would take me! I'm here in this place because my lovely Dad died last year on August 8th of Mesothelioma. Some of you may have known Dad, a strong healthy man before his exposure to asbestos many years before his 2015 diagnosis, resulted in him developing Mesothelioma!
During Dads Meso journey we were introduced to PRASAG support group. We were devastated, scared and alone after Dads diagnosis and PRASAG offered us hope and a lifeline. It was a place where we could talk openly where no one judges or pities you, just offers hope, help and support. PRASAG empowered and facilitated us to fight on, seeking out expert medical & nursing opinions, treatments and trials. During the monthly meetings there is also the opportunity to meet and consult with the various solicitors who are there representing their law firms. Everyone receives a warm and loving welcome at PRASAG.
After Dad's death my family continued to receive support from the group, enjoying our monthly meetings as a chance to catch up with everyone and chat. When Sam and Leah invited me to help them make a difference I jumped at the chance, to do it in memory of my Dad and all those other Dad's (and Mam's ) who's lives have been affected by Mesothelioma. I am passionate and committed to helping to make a difference to patients and families who are affected by Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. Everyone who attends the meetings is a part of the PRASAG support family and I am proud to be able to help with and be involved in making a difference and being a part of this. Joanne XX