'Paul Readhead and Robin Smedley'


Asbestos & Mesothelioma

Support Group

UK North East

Readley - The heart of who and why we are

The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group 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 The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group 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.

Readley - Our journey continues

The journey and growth of our support group continues. Early in 2019, whilst now aiming for charity status we were advised our abreviated group name 'PRASAG' needed to be changed for legal reasons. Within no time at all Sam, Sharon, Joanne and Leah agreed 'ReadLey' in everlasting loving memory of fathers Paul Readhead and Robin Smedley.

2020: Please note, our face to face monthly group meetings are temporarily being held via Skype, and soon to be by Zoom, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. But rest assured we are also always here for you by phone, email or any other possible way we can througout. We will be back together just as soon as it is safe to do so. Love from team ReadLey

A Special Level of Care at our Meetings

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. 

Legal help

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.

Refreshments are provided at all of our group meetings.

1st Tuesday

1st Tuesday of each month from February 2019, 11am to 1pm:

Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6NL

2nd Tuesday

2nd Tuesday of each month throughout 2019, 11am to 1pm:

St. Mary's Inn, St. Mary's Lane St.Mary's Park, Morpeth, NE61 6BL

3rd Tuesday

3rd Tuesday of each month throughout 2019, 11am to 1pm:

Seaham Hall, SR7 7AG

11th June


We are delighted to announce our plans for Action Mesothelioma Day 2020.

The day will start at 10.40hrs where we will access the content provided by UK Meso Alliance, follow the link provided for more information. UKMA content will conclude at 12md.

At 12.15 Readley will begin to broadcast via Facebook live a one minute silence followed by a live Dove release as a symbol of hope and positivity and in remembrance of the lives lost to Mesothelioma.

There is an opportunity to sponsor the Dove release and details of how to do this can be found by clickingand openig the form linked below.

We are also delighted to announce that this special day in the Mesothelioma calendar will be concluded with the Millenium Bridge over the River Tyne in Gateshead being lit up BLUE to commemorate the day, remembering our loved ones who have lost their lives to Meso and raising the profile of Mesothelioma here within the North East. We send our sincerest thanks to Hazel Weatherley for facilitating this happening, in memory of her Husband Neil.

#AMD20 #Mesothelioma

Sponsorship form link below. Thank you

16th March





At Readley our Patients and their families safety, wellbeing and continuing health is our highest priority. Due to recent developments regarding the COVID19 virus we have made the difficult decision to suspend ALL support group meetings for the coming month . Therefore all 3 groups planned for April are now cancelled. This also includes our Seaham Hall, March meeting planned for 24th march.

We will review the situation regarding our meetings at the end of April and announce as soon as we can our plans for resuming our support groups. We will follow the government advice regarding COVID19. This is only a temporary measure and hopefully 'normal service' will resume for everyone as soon as possible.

We will, as always endeavour to keep everyone fully informed via our social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter and our Readley website, www.readley.co.uk 😊

Leah Taylor, Mesothelioma UK Nurse specialist will remain available for advice through her usual means of contact throughout this period. As will Sam and Joanne are available also. Full contact details are available via the Readley website on www.readley.co.uk

Lots of love to everyone and stay safe & well. 🙏🏽💙

November 2018

February 2019

My name is Joanne Murray. I am delighted to be formally joining The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness 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 The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group. We were devastated, scared and alone after Dads diagnosis and The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group 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. The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group 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 The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group

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 Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group 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

We are delighted to report that JDR Cable Systems Ltd announce that their chosen charity for 2019 will be Mesothelioma UK and PRASAG (50/50). This is the first time that JDR in the UK are collectively supporting one charity and group across all of their sites, to include Hartlepool, Newcastle and Littleport. More information about JDR's ongoing support for charity can be found at www.JDRCE.co.uk.


Our group name, in loving memory of Paul Readhead and Robin Smedley.


Monthly support meeting details above. Address available upon request.

Samantha Cox

07929 391529


Along with the support meetings, Sam and the team are available by phone or email.

Monday - Friday: 08:00 to 18:00

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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