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Family of nurse who died appeals to former colleagues for asbestos information

Sylvia Wightman worked at High Royds Hospital between 1980 and 2000 and may have been exposed to the substance during refurbishments
Sylvia Wightman and Mark Kidder

Sylvia Wightman worked at High Royds Hospital between 1980 and 2000 and may have been exposed to the substance during refurbishments

The family of a nurse who died from asbestos-related cancer is appealing for information from her former colleagues.

Ward sister Sylvia Wightman died in 2016 aged 57 from mesothelioma, a cancer that often affects the lining of the lungs and is linked to asbestos exposure.

The mother-of-ones family believes she may have been exposed to asbestos while working as a mental health nurse at High Royds Hospital in West Yorkshire between 1980 and 2000.

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Sylvia Wightman and her husband Mark Kidder

Ms Wightman worked in several wards at the hospital, including during refurbishments.

Her family is appealing for information from anyone who may be aware of

Sylvia Wightman worked at High Royds Hospital between 1980 and 2000 and may have been exposed to the substance during refurbishments


High Royds Hospital, West Yorkshire Picture: Alamy

The family of a nurse who died from asbestos-related cancer is appealing for information from her former colleagues. 

Ward sister Sylvia Wightman died in 2016 aged 57 from mesothelioma, a cancer that often affects the lining of the lungs and is linked to asbestos exposure.

The mother-of-one’s family believes she may have been exposed to asbestos while working as a mental health nurse at High Royds Hospital in West Yorkshire between 1980 and 2000.

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Sylvia Wightman and her husband
Mark Kidder

Ms Wightman worked in several wards at the hospital, including during refurbishments.  

Her family is appealing for information from anyone who may be aware of asbestos having been used in the hospital. 

Her husband Mark Kidder said: ‘She absolutely loved nursing, whatever she was doing.

'She had time for people, she loved working with patients and her colleagues. She enjoyed every moment of it, even the bad and dark times that you can have as a mental health nurse.’

Deaths yet to peak

After Ms Wightman’s death, Mr Kidder hired a solicitor to investigate if a compensation claim was possible.

Senior work disease solicitor Marion Voss said: ‘The life-changing effects of asbestos diseases caused from exposure in the past continue to have tragic consequences on families and communities in the present.

'In fact, statistics show that the annual number of asbestos-related deaths is yet to peak.

‘We are hoping that Sylvia’s former colleagues can help Mark in his search for answers.’

Anyone with information should contact Ms Voss on 0113 205 6343 or by emailing marionvoss@thompsons.law.co.uk


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