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Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester on 6th July 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester last Friday.

The aim of Action Mesothelioma Day is to raise awareness of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, and to campaign on issues affecting mesothelioma victims, for example by calling for more funding for medical research.

Thank you, once again, to everyone who supported this very important event!

Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday 6th July 2018

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos. On Action Mesothelioma Day, people gather in cities across the UK to remember those who have died from this disease, and to campaign for justice for all asbestos victims.

In Manchester, the Action Mesothelioma Day event is run by GMAVSG. We will be meeting at 12.30pm in Albert Square for speeches & a release of doves. There will then be a public meeting at 1pm in the Friends Meeting House on Mount St.

This year, we are asking for donations to be made to GMAVSG, so that we continue to support asbestos victims in the future. If you are able to donate, you could post a cheque made payable to ‘GMAVSG’, or you can donate online here.


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.


Action Mesothelioma Day Friday 7th July 2017

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos.  Every year on Action Mesothelioma Day, groups like ours raise money for mesothelioma research, and meet to campaign for justice for asbestos victims and their families.

This year Action Mesothelioma Day will be on Friday 7th July.

We will be meeting at Sackville Gardens in Manchester at 12.30pm to release doves in memory of those of have died from mesothelioma. This will be followed by a public meeting at the Mechanics Institute (103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD) at 1pm. The meeting will be addressed by Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor of the National Mesothelioma Research Centre.

Any money we raise for Action Mesothelioma Day this year will be going to the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. To donate, please click here.

Further details for this event can be found in the following PDF leaflet: AMD 2017


Dove release and speeches: 12.30 p.m. in Lincoln Square, Central Manchester
Public Meeting: ‘Time for a National Mesothelioma Strategy’
1.30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Central Manchester
amd_bannerGreater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group will again be commemorating all those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma alongside patients, family members, carers, campaigners, Trade Unionists and MPs. Local MPs will speak at the outdoor rally in Lincoln Square following which we will release doves in memory of past victims.

The outdoor rally will be followed by a public meeting at the nearby Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. Following the surprise announcement in March that the Government was to award £5 million for the establishment of a National Mesothelioma Centre, there is increased optimism that the need for more sustainable research funding is being recognized at last by those who can make this happen. But we need to make sure the pressure is kept up so that ongoing funding is secured for the future.

We will again be raising money for mesothelioma research in the run-up to Action Mesothelioma Day. Last year over £20,000 was raised by GMAVSG supporters. Every penny of this will go directly to mesothelioma research. If you would like to help us raise money this year please contact us to find out how. You can also download a Sponsorship form here (Merv, could you put a link here to the PDF of our Sponsorship form. I will get Rob or Jeff to email you this tomorrow morning).

More details about Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester can be found here

Please note, there will also be commemoration events for the Battle of the Somme in the centre of Manchester on 1st July. There will probably be parking restrictions and it may take longer than usual to travel into Manchester so please make allowances for this. Please check our Facebook page for updates on travel and parking on the day.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2015


Over 200 people – mesothelioma sufferers, family members, trade unionists and campaigners – gathered in Lincoln Square in Manchester on Friday 3rd July to commemorate all those who have lost their lives to the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Just this week the latest Government figures showed there were 7 new cases of mesothelioma being diagnosed every day.

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