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Next meeting of Mesothelioma Support Group Wednesday 19th December 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be the Christmas lunch at 12 noon on Wednesday 19th December  2018 at Manchester Hall (36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT).

Tickets are £34 per person. If you want to attend, and you have not yet paid, please ring us on 0161 636 7555 by Monday 12th November 2018 at the very latest.

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma.

Next meeting of Mesothelioma Support Group 7th November 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

Support group summer holiday 2018!

Members of the mesothelioma support group, in what has become something of a tradition, had a great time on their recent summer holiday together! Full report to follow.

Next meeting of Mesothelioma Support Group 12th September 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

Next Mesothelioma Support Group meeting 6th June 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 6th June 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

Mesothelioma Support Group meeting Wednesday 9th May 2018

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

GMAVSG oral history project

In 2014, GMAVSG paid Nigel Ingham of the Open University to do a series of oral history interviews with both mesothelioma sufferers and those who had lost a loved one to the disease.

The interviewees talk at length about the impact of the disease on their personal and family lives. The interview material is uniquely valuable in terms of its social significance and historical interest. However, the recorded personal testimonies are very moving, and occasionally distressing.

Digital audio recordings of the seven oral history interviews, including transcripts, short summaries and photographs, have been deposited with the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) at Strathclyde University.

Access to these records will be restricted during the lifetime of the interviewees. Under these restrictions, access can only be granted under certain conditions to the public for research purposes. To access the records, you will need to provide details of your research, and sign a ‘data protection’ undertaking.

After the restricted period, the records will be made freely available to the public for research purposes.

Researchers wishing to access the records should contact the Scottish Oral History Centre.

Mesothelioma Support Group Wednesday 7th March

The next meeting of the Mesothelioma Support Group will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

Mesothelioma Support Group meeting 10th January

The Mesothelioma Support Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th January at the Methodist Central Hall (Oldham St, M1 1JQ).

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma.

For more information please ring 0161 636 7555.

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.