'Paul Readhead and Robin Smedley'


Asbestos & Mesothelioma

Support Group

UK North East

Registered Charity Number 1192898

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.

2020/1: Our face to face monthly groups meetings will once again resume later in July 2021.

Please find our updated venues list below. 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.

At each of the group meetings we also have Joanne Anderson our specialist Mesothelioma UK nurse, plus we also have Sarah Thomas our benefits advisor, both at hand to support you in every way possible.

Refreshments are provided at our Hall Garth Hotel and Seaham Hall face-to-face group meetings.

1st Tuesday

1st Tuesday of each month from August 2021, 11am to 1pm:

Hall Garth Golf & Country Club Hotel

Coatham Mundeville, Darlington, DL1 3LU

2nd Tuesday

2nd Tuesday of each month from July 2021, 11am to 1pm:

Zoom video call meeting

Please contact Joanne and Sam for a link to join the Zoom meetings.

3rd Tuesday

3rd Tuesday of each month from August 2021, 11am to 1pm:

Seaham Hall, Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham, SR7 7AG

25th June 2022


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

Joanne Murray

07809 466557


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

Please contact us for details of our Legal panel