Sheffield engineer makes desperate appeal after shock cancer diagnosis

Ashley Jenkinson
Ashley Jenkinson
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A Sheffield engineer diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer is appealing to former colleagues to help discover how he became exposed to the deadly substance.

Ashley Jenkinson, aged 76, was diagnosed with cancer of the lung linings, caused by asbestos exposure, in May this year.

The granddad is now appealing to colleagues to understand how he became exposed to asbestos during his time as an electrical engineer between 1956 and 1990.

Ashley, who lives with wife Heather, 69 in Waterthorpe, said: “To be told you have cancer is devastating, but after the shock has subsided all you’re left with are questions.

“I don’t remember ever being warned about asbestos, or provided with any safety equipment to protect myself from it, so I’m really hoping that some of my old colleagues can provide me with the answers.”

Ashley started his career at Dunford and Elliott Limited, Steel Works on Chippingham Road, Darnall in 1956, working an apprentice electrical engineer before qualifying as an electrical engineer in 1960. The firm later became known as Dunford Hadfield.

Ashley left Dunford and Elliott in 1967, taking up a post at Alfred Peters Limited based on Gell Street, Sheffield. The firm manufactured instruments for the audiology industry, designed to measure levels of hearing loss. Ashley was an electrical engineer mostly based in the machine shop until he left in 1975.

Between 1975 and 1990, Ashley worked at Davy Loewy, a steel and engineering works on Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield. He worked in the firm’s design office working on electrical engineering design and spent periods of time abroad, working in East Germany, Russia and Finland.

Ashley instructed expert asbestos related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his case.

Irwin Mitchell is examining Ashley’s working life and is calling on his former colleagues, or anyone who worked at Dunford and Elliott, Alfred Peters Ltd or Davy Loewy who can help them determine how the engineer came into contact with asbestos fibres.

Anyone with information should contact Simone Hardy on 0114 274 4420 or email