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PRESS RELEASE - 29 June 2017 - COMMEMORATING NATIONAL ACTION MESOTHELIOMA DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH ASBESTOS-RELATED CANCER

AMD photo 2016
Action Mesothelioma Day 2016

Service of reflection and hope to be held at Leicester Cathedral at 2 pm on

7 July 2017


 Mesothelioma UK, the Charitable Trust supporting people with asbestos cancer, is commemorating this year’s national Action Mesothelioma Day with a service of reflection and hope at Leicester Cathedral at 2 pm on 7 July 2017. 

Action Mesothelioma Day is an annual day to raise awareness and pay tribute to all those people suffering with the mesothelioma cancer. The UK has the world’s highest incidence with more than 2,500 people diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and this number is increasing. The rising number of patients is directly linked to the UK’s continued import and use of asbestos into the late 1990s. 

Speakers at the service include:

·             Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton

·             Professor Mick Peake, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine

·             Mr Apo Nakas, cardiothoracic surgeon at University Hospitals Leicester

·             Sara Busacca from University Hospitals Leicester

·             Linda Lakin, mesothelioma patient 

·             Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and consultant nurse

·             The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor, Councillor Rashmikant Joshi

·             Mr John Adler, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Leicester 

The Leicester Action Mesothelioma Day service will be followed by a symbolic dove release. Paper doves will be available on the day for messages to hang on to the tree of remembrance. A strawberry tea will be served in the cathedral. 

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and Consultant Nurse, said: “We invite local families, patients and carers to join us on Action Mesothelioma Day to pay tribute to those people affected by mesothelioma and also to help raise awareness about the devastating consequences that asbestos can have.”


For press enquiries, please contact:

Simon Gribbon, on behalf of Mesothelioma UK

Mobile: 07584 088353

Email: simon@sandstarcomms.com