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Action Mesothelioma Day

This annual event was inaugurated in 2006 to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to promote an Action Mesothelioma Charter (see below). Each year, on the first Friday in July, events are organized by asbestos victims support groups in cities throughout the UK.

Friday 1st July 2016

Action Mesothelioma Day 2013

Portsmouth
12 noon: Dove release, raffle and buffet, followed by Public Meeting. Refreshments available. 
The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH
http://www.hasag.co.uk/event/action-mesothelioma-day/
Organised by HASAG (Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group).

Manchester
12.30pm: Dove release and rally in Lincoln Square, off Brazennose Street, Manchester city centre (near Town Hall).
1.30pm: Public Meeting, Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester city centre.
http://www.asbestos-victims-support.org/AMD%202016%202.pdf
Organised by GMAVSG (Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group).

Derby
11.00am – 1.00pm: Public meeting followed by procession.
Cinema 2, Floor 2, Quad, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
http://asbestossupport.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/A5-Flyer.pdf
Organised by DAST (Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team).

Sheffield
11.00am-1.00pm: Public meeting followed by remembrance service and buffet.
Domino Hall, Sheffield Cathedral
Organised by SARAG (South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group).

Gateshead
10.00am – 2.45pm: Public meeting. 3.00 pm: Dove release.
Civic Centre, Gateshead NE8 1HH
Organised by MKMRFPRASAG and MUK (Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund,  Paul Redhead Asbestos Support Awareness Group, Mesothelioma UK).

Wallasey
11.00am—3.00pm: Public Meeting with information stalls at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH27 9SB. 12 noon: Dove release.
Organised by MAVS and CAVSG (Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group and Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group).

Leicester
2.00pm: A Service of Reflection and Hope, Leicester Cathedral.
http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=42233
Organised by Mesothelioma UK

Barrow
2.00pm – 4.00pm: Open Day, speak to the experts about benefits, compensation, medical treatment and asbestos hazards.
The Forum  (opposite Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall)
Organised by CARDS (Cumbria Asbestos-Related Disease Support)

Leeds
10.00am – 4.00 pm: ‘Meet the Researchers’ event.
Weetwood Hall Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS
http://www.junehancockfund.org/2016/news/an-invitation-to-join-us-for-action-mesothelioma-day-2016/
Organised by JHMRF, MARC and MESSY (June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, Mesothelioma & Asbestos Related Concerns, Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire).

Swansea
2.00pm: Speeches followed by Dove Release. Refreshments will be provided.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Swansea.
Organised by AASC (Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru).

Birmingham
11.00 am: Public Meeting. 12.30 pm: Dove release, followed by refreshments.
The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF.
Organised by Asbestos Support West Midlands.

London
10.00am-4.00pm: Public Meeting and rally, 10.05am: Dove Release outside venue.
5th Floor Conference Room, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS

 


Action Mesothelioma Charter

We, the undersigned, believe that:

Mesothelioma patients and their families have a right to:

  • a speedy and accurate diagnosis, supported by a Multi Disciplinary Team discussion;
  • good quality information from a variety of sources available in different media and languages;
  • support of a suitably qualified nurse and other Multi Disciplinary Team members throughout their illness;
  • be considered for the best possible treatments available with the support and input of a Multi Disciplinary Team;
  • have up-to-date advice on benefits and help in applying for them, and receive prompt payment of benefits;
  • have legal advice and guidance from a firm of solicitors experienced in mesothelioma claims;
  • guidance on end of life decisions and care at home;
  • provision of a consistent nationwide service from coroners using a clear and open process with a maximum case length of three months.

    And call upon the Government to:
  • have mesothelioma made a national priority by the Cancer Tsar;
  • fund good quality research, alongside other national bodies, on mesothelioma with a view to improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for patients;
  • support the production of clinical Guidelines on the best practice of diagnosis and management of mesothelioma;
  • ensure the Health and Safety Executive vigorously enforce existing regulations on asbestos.

    And call upon all employers to:
  • prevent future exposure to asbestos by providing a safe working environment with all necessary equipment to protect employees;
  • work with unions and individuals to ensure enforcement of current regulations to safeguard all employees;
  • identify all asbestos in their properties and organise its safe removal where practical or necessary when work is being carried out.


Mesothelioma is a malignant lung disease which results mainly from exposure to asbestos. Someone dies every five hours from mesothelioma in the UK.

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