Cancer sufferer’s appeal

Joe and Christine Maltby
Joe and Christine Maltby

A former factory worker, suffering from the effects of asbestos exposure, is appealing to ex-colleagues for help

Christine Maltby was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres – last March, 40 years after she started working for former firm Domestic Industrial Pressings (DIP).

After chemotherapy, her tumour has stopped growing but doctors say it is likely to start again – and when it does she may have just months to live.

The grandmother, 65, is certain she was exposed to asbestos at the factory in Cotmanhay Road, where Gardner Aerospace is now, when she worked there repairing returned items from 1971 to 1972.

Christine, of Kedleston Drive, said the building used to belong to British Rail.

“Myself and another lady Dorothy Taylor were asked by our manager George Slater to clear all the former ticket office out,” she explained. “It was very dusty and full of what I now know to be asbestos.”

After having children, Christine went back to work there from 1985 to 1986, when it was called Berry Magicole.

“I once cut my finger when I was fastening a tile to a gas fire,” she said. “I had to have stitches and those tiles did contain asbestos fibres.”

After suffering breathlessness last year, she visited her doctor, fearing it could be a return of heart problems. After medication failed she had a scan and the cancer was discovered.

“It’s really upsetting because we have got children and grandchildren who absolutely adore us,” she said. “It breaks my hear when I look at them.”

If you worked at either firm around the same time or have information which could help Christine call her on 0115 930 2881.