Lawyers' support for victims on Action Mesothelioma Day

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Lawyers' support for victims on Action Mesothelioma Day

1st July 2013

Members of the specialist Industrial Disease team at Fentons Solicitors will be amongst the hundreds showing their support for victims of asbestos-related cancer by attending a special event as part of Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday (5 July).

Each year, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness of the disease, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients, for prevention of exposure to asbestos, and to ban the export of asbestos to developing countries.

In Manchester, families affected by the asbestos-related cancer will be releasing doves as a public act of remembrance of all those who have died from mesothelioma, before attending a public meeting to discuss tackling the disease and the impact it has on many thousands of lives.

“The dangers of asbestos and the associated risk of developing mesothelioma have been known since the early 1960s, but the terrible legacy of its widespread use in the last few decades continues to this day,” said Bridget Collier (right), head of the Industrial Disease department at Fentons.

“Action Mesothelioma Day is a vital date in our calendar, serving to highlight the support and guidance provided to the thousands of men and women who are diagnosed annually with this insidious disease and other asbestos-related illnesses.”

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer of the lung, caused by exposure to deadly asbestos fibres. It commonly takes many years – if not decades – for symptoms to manifest, and it continues to claim thousands of lives each year.

“The number of deaths caused by asbestos exposure continues to rise,” said Bridget, a partner with the firm. “We represent many people whose lives have been shattered by illnesses of this kind, but too many people are still worryingly unaware of the continuing threat asbestos presents. We see it very much as part of our responsibility to support events like Action Mesothelioma Day in an effort to further raise awareness and educate people about the potential dangers of asbestos, whilst calling for more to be done to both prevent the disease and also ensure those who are diagnosed receive the help and care they need.”

Bridget and several of her colleagues will stand alongside the hundreds of others expected at this year’s event, which has been organised by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group. The dove release will take place in Lincoln Square on Brazennose Street from 12.30pm, with the meeting to be held in Manchester Town Hall.

“Mesothelioma is a horribly painful condition, and we regularly see first-hand the devastating effect it has on both victims and their families,” said Bridget. “It is vitally important that we continue to strive for more government-funded research into the treatment and management of mesothelioma and for better asbestos-control measures to be introduced.

“Action Mesothelioma Day is a call for just that – action – and we would urge anyone who can to join us in supporting this most vital cause.”

Action Mesothelioma Day is on Friday, July 5 2013. Everyone is welcome to attend the dove release in Lincoln Square from 12.30pm and the meeting in the Town Hall will be followed by refreshments.

For more information, contact Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group on 0161 636 7555.