WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work with Brian Duncombe at George Whitehouse (Newtown) Limited or George Wimpey Limited?

Boyes Turner’s specialist mesothelioma team have been instructed by Brian Duncombe who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer in March 2015. Symptoms began just a few months previously with shortness of breath and chest pain.

After undergoing a biopsy Brian was told that he has an incurable disease and is not a suitable candidate for chemotherapy. Doctors predict that he has between one and four months to live. Brian, who was also known as “Dunc” or “Bri” during his working life, had to move in with his daughter, Jacqui, who cares for him.


Jacqui says:

“Getting a diagnosis of mesothelioma was just devastating news. Dad and I saw the Consultant following the biopsy and he said Dad had months rather than years”.

Brian has now had to move into a nursing home. 
Brian said:

“I worked alongside other trades including carpenters and laggers who handled asbestos. I also demolished asbestos corrugated roofing sheets using a sledgehammer and other tools as I was required to muck in and help as required as part of the job”.

Brian was a plasterer by trade. He believes he was exposed to asbestos when he was employed by George Whitehouse (Newtown) Limited between 1953 and 1963 and George Wimpey between 1963 and 1966. He worked on the Bullring in Birmingham and on Council houses, schools, offices and hospitals around Preston, Salford, Walsall and Birmingham. 

Brian and his daughter, Jacqui, would welcome any assistance from anyone who worked with him or who can provide further information regarding the working conditions for either company. If you worked alongside Brian for either company, then Brian and his family would be very grateful for your help.

The service was personal, professional and considered. I was treated so kindly and in the end I knew that not only had I found the right organisation but also the right person.

Boyes Turner client

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