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 Group Meetings

Join us for coffee, cake & conversation at our Support Group Meetings for individuals affected by mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease.

These meetings provide an opportunity to meet others undergoing the same experience.

Experienced advisors & health professionals will be available to provide information, advice or a listening ear in a safe & private environment.

East London / Essex / Kent


Held on the last Thursday of every month between 11 am - 1 pm
Toby Carvery Moby Dick, Whalebone Lane North, Dagenham, Essex RM6 6QU

For further details, please contact Yvonne Miah at / 07917 194454.


Held on the second Tuesday of every month between 2 pm - 4 pm
A.R.C.A. Hall (Ashford Road Community Association) 151 Ashford Road, Thanington Without, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3XR


Starting on Wednesday 21 March 2018, then on the third Wednesday of every month, between 2 pm - 4 pm
Sevenoaks Community Centre, Cramptons Road (off Otford Road), Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN

For further details about our Kent support group meetings, please contact Marika Townsend at / 07880 201751 or Alison Blake at / 07585 337230.