Action Mesothelioma Day is held on annually on the first Friday in July and this year it fell on 6 July 2018. As part of plans to raise awareness on this day the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team held a tree planting ceremony as the tree symbol has been used throughout Action Mesothelioma Day events as a message or memory tree.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. In the UK the only known cause is exposure to asbestos. This disease has already cost thousands of lives and medical research predicts the 50,000 more people will develop the disease in the next 30 years.
Every year events for Action Mesothelioma Day are held up and down the Country. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to the continuing danger of asbestos and to remember those who have lost their lives. Donations are raised for mesothelioma research.
A particular emphasis this year was on schools. Whilst asbestos was banned in 1999, the UK had already imported so much that asbestos remains in many homes and public building, including an estimated 86% of schools. Lucie Stephens, who lost her mother to mesothelioma caused by exposure during her time as a teacher, has been campaigning to remove all traces of asbestos from schools by 2028. You can read more about her campaign here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-our-children-and-teachers-from-asbestos-exposure-in-schools
Over the years, we have acted for thousands of workers who have suffered from asbestos related conditions. If you would like to discuss a Work Related Disease claim speak to a member of the team now on 0800 526 368 or alternatively please email [email protected]