32 year old Newcastle man battling terminal cancer blames asbestos at former school

Father-to-be Chris Willis was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of just 29, and is taking legal action.

Chris Willis, who is battling terminal cancer, believes it was caused by asbestos in his old Kenton school, the Chronicle has reported.

Aged just 29, he received the terrible news that he had mesothelioma and may have just months left to live. Three years on he’s defied the predictions of his doctors, and is now preparing to meet his first child in November.

However he has launched legal action, claiming asbestos at Kenton School – where he studied for seven years – brought it on. His case against Newcastle City Council will be heard over four days next year, having been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chris, a teacher, said:

“You don’t expect to go to school, get an education, and come out with what I’ve got. I don’t think schools realise how much asbestos is still dormant in buildings, and how much risk it poses to students.”

The 32-year-old has now opened up about his battle to raise awareness of his plight should any other former pupils be diagnosed with mesothelioma. He has engaged lawyers Irwin and Mitchell, who he claims obtained documents which show that the old building was full of cancer-causing asbestos.