Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014 on 3:28 pm

Leeds event to remember those affected by deadly mesothelioma


Leeds residents are to raise awareness of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, which continue to take ‘thousands’ of lives every year.

Organised by the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund as part of Action Mesothelioma Day, it will also commemorate people who have died due to such diseases and to raise funds for research and patient support.

Each year over 2,000 people in the UK are reportedly diagnosed with mesothelioma, an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the tissues covering the lungs or the abdomen.

According to a specialist asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s, thousands of lives are taken due to mesothelioma every year, and it’s a result of negligence decades ago by employers who exposed them to deadly asbestos dust, often with little or no protection.

Nicola Handley, a specialist lawyer at its Leeds office, said: “Action Mesothelioma Day is a time to reflect on those who have lost their lives or have been diagnosed with the dreadful disease.

“It is also a time to push for further help and support for victims by raising funds for research in relation to treatment and ensuring that clients have access to justice.”

Attendees will hear from experts specialising in asbestos-related diseases such as researchers, clinicians and legal experts.

There will also be an “open mic” session for anyone who would like to share their thoughts and experiences.

Kate Hill, trustee of the Fund, said: “Action Mesothelioma Day is an opportunity to meet our friends and supporters to say a big thank you for their continued support and update them on current research themes and progress being made in mesothelioma research.”

The Fund was launched in 1997, and set up in memory of June Hancock who grew up and went to school in Armley, Leeds.

She was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos dust released from the JW Roberts factory.

The event named ‘Strawberry Tea’ will be held on 4 July from 2pm-4pm at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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