This year, Action on Mesothelioma day is taking place on Friday 6th July 2018. The theme of the day is to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and in fire-resistant and insulating materials.
The use of blue and brown asbestos (the two most dangerous types) was banned in 1985 and the use of white asbestos was banned (except for a small number of specialised uses) in 1999.
Asbestos is often found in buildings that were built between 1950 and 1980, particularly if it has a steel frame or has a boiler with thermal insulation.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and can take many years to develop in a person. Once diagnosed, treatment is available to control the disease for as long as possible and keep symptoms under control. Sadly, there is currently no cure for the disease, making it a terminal illness.
If you have been exposed to asbestos which has led you to develop mesothelioma, you could be entitled to compensation. Getting the right legal advice is vital and we urge you to call us on 0175 321 6399 or free initial advice.
What’s happening on Action on Mesothelioma Day?
Asbestos support groups up and down the country are taking part in this year’s Action on Mesothelioma Day. Here are just some of the events taking place around the country:
Event: Meso UK: Service of reflection and hope
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 2pm
Location: Leicester Cathedral
Information: A service of reflection and hope for those affected by mesothelioma.
Event: Service of remembrance and thanksgiving
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 10.30am
Location: St Guy’s Chapel, London
Information: Following the service there will be a Mesothelioma Awareness Event co-hosted by LASAG and Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital.
Event: Release of sponsored doves and public meeting
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 12.30pm
Location: Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall, Greater Manchester
Information: A sponsored dove release in memory of those who have died from Mesothelioma followed by a public meeting held by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
Event: HASAG: Butterfly release
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 12pm
Location: The Innlodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HH
Information: A butterfly release in memory of those who have died from Mesothelioma as well as a bake sale, raffle, tombola and a buffet.
Event: Mesothelioma: The Past, present and future
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Location: Royal Dockyard Church, Chatham Dockyard, ME4 4ST
Information: Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the past, present and future issues relating to mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. A symbolic dove release will take place at 12 noon.
Event: Sponsored dove release and conference
Date and time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Liverpool Town Hall
Information: Public meeting with information stands, raffle, refreshments and sponsored dove release at 12 noon.
Event: Action Mesothelioma Day
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 11am – 1pm
Location: Sheffield Cathedral
Information: A dedication service in remembrance of those who have been lost to mesothelioma or who suffer with asbestos related diseases as well as a public meeting followed by a light buffet and refreshments.
Event: Action Mesothelioma Day
Date and time: Friday 6th July 2018, 1.30pm
Location: National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Information: Guests are welcome to the Ocean Room where presentations will be followed by light refreshments. The event will close following a dove release at 4pm in the courtyard.
Our industrial disease team will be attending the conferences and dove releases in Manchester and Liverpool this year to pay their respects to those who have sadly been lost to mesothelioma.