Posted on May 29, 2018

Friday, July 6 is Action Mesothelioma Day in the UK. Organizations throughout the country will host events to raise awareness about mesothelioma and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. Tragically, Great Britain has one of the highest per capita rates of mesothelioma in the world. 

According to the Cancer Research UK, there were:

  • 2,697 Mesothelioma cases (2015)
  • 2,496 Mesothelioma deaths (2016)
  • 94% Mesothelioma cases were preventable 

At a number of tandem events across the country, participants will release doves and balloons as a poignant symbol of the countless individuals and families who have been affected by mesothelioma. Below is a list of some of the organizations who will put on educational and memorial events throughout the United Kingdom. 

London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG) for London and the South East Agenda
10.30 -11.15: Memorial Service, The Guy’s Chapel Situated at King’s College London SE1 1XY (Nearest tube station: London Bridge)
11.00 – 11.45: Short walk together to the Innovation Hub to register. 
(Located inside the Guy’s Cancer Centre) — Refreshments and the remainder of the event will take place here.
11.45 – 11.55: Welcome by LASAG Trustees
11.55 – 12.15: 21st Century Advocacy: Ending the Asbestos Man-Made Disaster” – by Linda Reinstein, CEO of ADAO, US
12.15 – 12.35: A Mesothelioma Patient’s experience – John Gillies, GST support group member
12.35 – 12.45: Comfort Break                 
12.45 – 1.05: Update on LASAG by LASAG support worker, Marika Townsend 
1.05 – 1.35: Patient Treatment update by Professor James Spicer, Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
1.35 – 1.45: Questions for speakers and closing remarks by LASAG Trustees
2.00: Vacate premises

Action Mesothelioma Day Events 2018

Join ADAO in showing your support for the UK’s annual Action Mesothelioma Day by sharing information about the day with your social networks. I will be lighting a candle for Debbie, Jan, TessKeith, Dave, Carole, and many others who have courageously shared their mesothelioma battle with the world in efforts to end this man-made disaster.

On July 10th, there will be a Support Group Meeting in Canterbury for individuals affected by mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease. These meetings provide an opportunity to meet others undergoing the same experience. Experienced advisors & health professionals will be available to provide information, advice or a listening ear in a safe & private environment. I invite anyone who is able, to join me in attending this meeting. It will take place on Tuesday, July 10th at 4:00 p.m. at A.R.C.A. Hall (Ashford Road Community Association) 151 Ashford Road, Thanington Without, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3XR. I would like to give a special thanks to Marika Townsend for extending the invitation and creating this opportunity to come together and share our experiences and continue to expand our community of support. 

In unity,


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