Leicester Action Mesothelioma Day 2019

Service of reflection and hope to be held at Leicester Cathedral at 2pm on 5 July 2019.

Mesothelioma UK is commemorating this year’s national Action Mesothelioma Day with a service of reflection and hope at Leicester Cathedral at 2pm on 5 July 2019.

Action Mesothelioma Day is an annual day to raise awareness and pay tribute to all those people living with the mesothelioma cancer. The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma with more than 2,700 people diagnosed 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.

Patients, carers, family members, local dignitaries, and healthcare team members will be invited to hang personal messages on a remembrance tree, listen to presentations from healthcare professionals and patients, witness a symbolic dove release, and enjoy tea and cake after the service.

Speakers at this 14th annual service include:
• Lord Mayor-Councillor Annette Byrne
• Karen Lord, Mesothelioma Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals Leicester
• Professor Dean Fennell, Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology, University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
• Professor Michael D Peake, Clinical Director of the Centre for Cancer Outcomes, University College London Hospitals and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester.
• Liam Bradley, mesothelioma patient
• Colonel Ian Crowe, Non-Executive Director University Hospitals
• Jill Lemon, Mesothelioma UK Fundraising Manager
• H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Michael Kapur OBE

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Head of Services 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.”

Everyone affected by mesothelioma is welcome to attend on Friday 5 July – please contact Mesothelioma UK on 08001692409 or email info@mesothelioma.uk.com to register your interest and have a loved one’s name added to the scroll of remembrance which is displayed during the ceremony.