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Funeral of asbestos campaigner

The funeral has been taking place of Debbie Brewer, the asbestos campaigner from Plymouth.

The 53-year-old died last week from mesothelioma - a lung cancer caused by the deadly substance.

The mother-of-three had been infected by the disease as a child after regularly cuddling her father as he returned home from work as an asbestos lagger at Devonport.

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Tributes to asbestos campaigner who died aged 53

Tributes have been paid to Debbie Brewer, the Plymouth asbestos campaigner whose death was announced at the weekend. Debbie gained an international reputation for her work helping to raise awareness of the killer disease mesothelioma.

Her father had been an asbestos lagger at Devonport Dockyard - she was convinced that hugging him as a child exposed her to deadly asbestos fibres. Debbie was determined to make a difference right up to the end.


Cancer woman dies from father's clothes

Debbie Brewer. Credit: ITV News West Country

A woman from Plymouth who caught an asbestos-related lung disease from cuddling her father has died.

53 year old Debbie Brewer caught meeso-thelioma after breathing in the deadly fibres from her father's clothes.

He worked at Devonport dockyard, which she claimed was a hotbed for the disease.

Mrs Brewer campaigned internationally to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.