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Registered Charity No. 1174543

Meet Our Advisors

Marika Townsend

Educated to Masters level, I have worked with cancer patients most of my nursing career. I worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the last 17 years in both palliative care and lung cancer. My knowledge and experience has enabled me to support patients and families medically, emotionally and practically throughout their cancer journey.

It seemed a natural progression after my retirement as a lung cancer CNS to work with LASAG where I am able to use much of my previous experience to support victims of asbestos related disease.

Yvonne Miah

Having completed my initial nursing training in the early 1980s, I continued my education up to PG Diploma/MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (cancer nursing) at the University of Surrey.

I completed 33 years in the health service, having worked at St Francis Hospice and in numerous hospitals. After retiring, I found it difficult to leave it all behind, so I felt well placed with my past knowledge and experience to undertake the role with LASAG as an advisor. I thoroughly enjoy establishing this role and have set up support groups in the locality, to be able to make some small improvement for those whose lives are affected by asbestos exposure.

Alison Blake

I managed a very successful Asbestos Support Group in the East of Scotland, before moving South to Kent. I have many years of experience supporting hundreds of sufferers both emotionally and practically and my empathic and friendly personality helps put people at ease.

Support Groups

East London/Essex

Toby Carvery Moby Dick, Whalebone Lane North, Dagenham RM6 6QU at 11 am - 1 pm.

Held on the last Thursday of every month

For further details please contact Yvonne Miah at 194454


A.R.C.A Hall (Ashford Road Community Association), 151 Ashford Road, Thanington Without, Canterbury CT1 3XR 2 pm - 4 pm.

Held on the second Tuesday of every month

For further details, please contact Marika Townsend at 201751 or

Alison Blake at