As I mentioned not so long ago, on 6 July of this year, Leicester marked Action Mesothelioma Day with an event at the cathedral, in the presence of Leicester`s first elected Lord Mayor, Cllr Abdul Razak Osman and Jennifer, Lady Gratton JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire.
The event brought together representatives of Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Mesthelioma UK and various church bodies, along with members of families affected by Mesothelioma, an industrial disease connected with exposure to asbestos.
The event was billed as a day for Reflection and Remembrance and that was very much the spirit of the event.
To his credit, Cllr Osman spoke on the importance of the call for global ban on asbestos and highlighted the need to support those whose governments still allow it`s importation.
Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team handed over a collection of £1,306.00 which they had raised for Mesothelioma UK, who hope to fund a team of Specialist Mesothelioma Nurses to work in areas with a high incidence of asbestos-related illness (the North East and parts of Derbyshire are particularly badly affected). I`m glad to be able to tell you that two of these nurses are already in post with a third due to start work in Cardiff soon.
If you would like to know more about this event, or others that took place around the country on the same day, please contact either Liz Darlison or Tracey Heseltine at www.mesothelioma.uk.com.