Over two hundred people attended St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on Sunday 7 July for Anglia Asbestos Diseases Support Group, annual Action Mesothelioma Day Service and act of Commemoration. The theme of the Dean’s sermon reflected on care in the community and the work of specialist nurses and carers. The Group also had an Asbestos Awareness event, in the nave of the Cathedral.
The 1,200 year old abbey church where pilgrims have visited for healing prayers for over 1,000 years is believed to be the site of the murder of St. Edmund, King and Martyr during the Viking raids on East Anglia during the Dark Ages and that his body lies in the grounds of the Abbey.
Brian Wallis, MUK Ambassador and Founder of AADSG and Doreen Green from Essex read the lessons – each with a theme of care and service and, members of AADSG groups from our three counties formed the Offertory Procession in the Special Mesothelioma Service. Cllr. Patrick Chung and Mrs. Chung represented, Busy St. Edmunds and West Suffolk councils.
Following the main service Cllr. & Mrs. Chung laid a pillow of white roses and yellow freesias at the Pilgrims Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance, in honour of AADSG lost friends and colleagues. Bells were rung during the reading of the names of the fallen.