On Action Mesothelioma Day the industrial diseases team at Withy King, Gold Sponsors of Mesothelioma UK, organised a service in Swindon, a town which has been disproportionately affected by mesothelioma due to its industrial heritage, in particular the railway works which has left a legacy of asbestos disease.
Patients, families and friends of victims as well as the Mayor of Swindon,Councillor Eric Shaw and representatives from Prospect Hospice and other local charities attended the ceremony in the Mesothelioma Memorial Gardenin Queens Park, to remember those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma and to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of asbestos exposure.
Julien Lloyd the widow of Cliff Lloyd who died from mesothelioma in 2012 aged 77 after working for more than 20 years as a welder, released white doves and Sandra Barnett who lost her husband Rex to mesothelioma, laid a wreath. Dr Suzanne Bartington attended in honour of her late father Geoffrey who died from Mesothelioma in 2008. She spoke at the ceremony and stressed the importance of raising awareness of mesothelioma.
In conjunction with the event Withy King also launched a free monthly legal drop in clinic and support group. Both will be heldon the first Wednesday of every month. The drop in clinic will be held between 9am-2pm at their office in Swindon and thesupport group at Bake ‘n’ Roll Café, Unit 2 Empire House, Groundwell Road, Swindon, SN1 2LT from 2pm until 4pm