Anglia Asbestos Diseases Support Group (AADSG) is pleased to report that over 250 people attended the Action Mesothelioma Day special service in St. Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday 2 June.
The theme of the Sunday eucharist was reflection and hope and it centred on mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
Francis, the Dean of St. Edmundsbury, featured mesothelioma in her sermon and reflected on her own personal experiences of this terrible disease. AADSG members, patients, carers, sponsors and volunteers attended from all parts of the region and Stephen Green (Essex) and Phoebe Osborne (Cambs.) read the Lessons. Young choristers from New Haven Cathedral, Connecticut, U.S., were amongst the congregation and AADSG patients and carers formed the offertory procession. The event was filmed and will shortly be available on AADSG facebook page.
Following the special service refreshments were served in the refectory followed by a symbolic release of twelve white doves representing twelve of our patients who we lost during the last year. The names of these friends from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire were read out during the ceremony. Poetry, speeches and music followed, lead by AADSG Suffolk patron, Cllr. Patrick Chung, the former Lord Mayor of Bury St. Edmunds.
Suffolk County Council and Forest Heath District Council, were also represented. Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust was represented by ambassador Brian Wallis and volunteers manned an awareness stand and answered questions from the congregation.
The service was followed by a strawberry & cream tea in the ancient Cloister Garth and a guided tour of the cathedral and abbey ruins, and the ornamental gardens