It is hard to find the words to express the depth of sorrow we all feel at Mesothelioma UK at the passing of Mavis Nye.
Mavis feels like one of us and what she has achieved, the people she has helped, the awareness she has created is immeasurable. She will always be legendary, and we will miss her enormously. We would all like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Ray and the family, and offer our support in any way possible.
Ray has been beyond amazing; his dedication and care have been there for us all to behold; what a remarkable man. Everyone is in awe of you Ray. You have been by Mavis’ side, meeting her every need in some of the most challenging of times – what a testament to your marriage and wonderful wife.
It was clear from the outset that Mavis wanted to make a change – for herself, for others with mesothelioma and for future generations. With a strong desire to live and improve the lives of others, Mavis created an incredibly supportive community, a safe place for people to seek help, and as the years went on, became a beacon of hope for so many.
She and Ray have always been incredibly open and honest, sharing their experiences far and wide in the hope of raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos and bringing about change to prevent further people being exposed.
Mavis made the ‘mesowarriors’ a household name. And what a warrior she was! She attended conferences and spoke in the House of Commons. She was invited to speak internationally about her experiences and used her growing platform to urge influential people to address the asbestos problem.
Mavis was diagnosed in 2009. She really did beat all the odds to live with mesothelioma for 14 years, always with Ray at her side. All that they achieved together, they did whilst Mavis was going through years of treatment, taking part in clinical trials, travelling miles to seek out the best care available. It is astounding that they managed to do all of this whilst having the most comprehensive cancer treatments.
Mavis was recognised by every part of our community for her tireless efforts. She was awarded a BCA for her work and was given an honorary degree by East Kent University. She was also voted the most influential person in health and safety in 2021 and 2022.
Mavis has been a stalwart supporter of Mesothelioma UK, supporting every study, survey, funding our nurses and supporting them as a group and individually. For me, personally, Mavis was always there with words of wisdom, giving me insight, being a confidant and I will always be grateful for her warmth and care.
Mavis will be missed by so many, for so many reasons. I hope that people keep the faith and the hope that she instilled in them. That, as well as her foundation, will be her wonderful, lasting legacy. Rest in peace, Mavis.
Liz Darlison, on behalf of all of us at Mesothelioma UK