Monthly Archives: July 2017

One Lung, One Life, One Hundred Miles!

Dave Staley, a resident of Greater Manchester, was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in October 2015.

Following an operation to remove his left long, and a course of chemotherapy, Dave is now taking on a tough 100 mile bike ride to raise funds for medical treatment and research.

As Dave said: “I wanted a challenge, I want to inspire others that no matter what your health is, with the correct training, support & belief, anything is possible”.

Dave will be attempting the ride on 30th July 2017. Any money raised will go to Mesothelioma UK and the British Lung Foundation. Good luck Dave!!

To donate, please click here.

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Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester had a distinctly international flavour this year with a delegation from Japanese asbestos victims groups paying a solidarity visit to events in 5 cities on Friday. We were delighted to welcome Mrs Chizuko Hirachi, who lost her husband to mesothelioma aged 60 in 2007, Mr Tadao Hirata who lost his brother to mesothelioma aged only 41 in 1989, as well as Mr Hiroshi Iida and Mr Sugio Furuya, both prominent campaigners on behalf of asbestos victims in Japan.

More than 200 people attended our commemoration and dove release in Sackville Gardens. This rally began with a moving speech from Vivienne Swain, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2015. Vivienne’s contribution was followed by speeches from local MPs Kate Green, Mike Kane, Debbie Abrahams, Tony Lloyd and Lucy Powell. Also addressing the rally was Councillor Joyce Bowerman, Civic Mayor of Tameside, whose brother was diagnosed with last year. Councillor Bowerman has chosen Mesothelioma UK as one of her nominated charities for the coming year.

Following the speeches, the dove release was led by Dave Staley, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015, and Tadao Hirata. Mesothelioma recognises no borders and our dove release commemorated all those who had lost their lives to this disease in Japan as well as at home. We share a common bond.

Our public meeting in the Mechanics Institute heard speeches from Chizuko Hirachi, who described how her husband was exposed to asbestos through living close to the Kubota asbestos factory in Japan and Jeff Eaman who outlined the impact of asbestos giant Turner & Newall in exposing workers in Greater Manchester to asbestos over many years. The main speaker was Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor, Chair of the National Mesothelioma Research Centre who spoke about what he hoped this new research centre could achieve in the mission to find a cure for this man-made disease.

We would like to thank all those attended on Friday as well as all of you who contributed so generously to our fundraising effort on behalf of the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. We will post the final figure for money raised on this site later.



PRESS RELEASE: Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

On Friday 7th July a delegation of asbestos campaigners from Japan will join UK campaigners, asbestos victims, bereaved family members and MPs at our annual Action Mesothelioma Day event.

They will attend a dove release at 12.30 in Sackville Gardens in Manchester city centre in memory of all those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma.

Other members of the delegation will be attending Action Mesothelioma Day events in Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Derby.

Many cases of mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure, are now appearing in Japan. As in the UK, many of these victims have been exposed because they live near to factories that have used asbestos in the past and polluted the residential areas around them.

The full press release is available here: AMD Press Release 2017.