Mayor’s fundraiser raises £3,000 for Mesothelioma UK

The Mayor of Saffron Walden’s latest fundraiser has raised £3,000 for national asbestos-related cancer charity, Mesothelioma UK. The money was raised from a 1960s dance and disco, held at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Mesothelioma UK clinical nurse specialist, Kate Slaven, was presented with the cheque on 12 December at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Mayor had become aware of Mesothelioma UK after his close friend was diagnosed with this asbestos-related cancer. His friend is being cared for as an outpatient at Royal Papworth Hospital and at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Mesothelioma UK is a national asbestos-related cancer charity that funds 25 Clinical Nurse Specialists across the UK and is committed to funding audit, research and clinical trials into the treatment and care of the disease. It also provides information, support and benefits advice and funding for patients to travel to specialist centres for treatment.

Councillor Arthur Coote, Mayor of Saffron Walden commented: “Having a life-long friend, born and bred in our town, who has suffered from this disease I decided, as Mayor of Saffron Walden, to try to raise money for research into the cause of this disease. The people of Saffron Walden supported this wholeheartedly and our 60s Reunion Dance managed to raise £3,000 which will be spent on research.”

Head of Services for Mesothelioma UK, Liz Darlison added: “We’re so grateful to the Mayor of Saffron Walden for this generous donation and his support in raising awareness of mesothelioma. Our aim is to ensure equitable access to world-class treatment and care and to raise awareness of mesothelioma so this and every other donation we receive is so important in helping us to achieve these aims.”