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27 February 2008

Tree Planting Memorial for Plymouth Mesothelioma Victims

Tree Planting Memorial for Plymouth Mesothelioma Victims
On Wednesday 27th February, The Roger Lowe Asbestos Mesothelioma Campaign is gathering together victims of asbestos related cancer and their families for a tree planting ceremony to raise awareness of the disease in the Plymouth area – one of the top four locations for mesothelioma in the UK.

The event, which takes place on Action Mesothelioma Day, will see a tree planted in memory of all the local victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.  The ceremony will also involve the planting of snowdrops to represent hope for the future for families who have already lost a loved one and hope for prevention of these illnesses amongst future generations.

In addition to the tree planting ceremony, the event will also include a free walk-in advice clinic to raise awareness of the mesothelioma time bomb in Plymouth.  Members of the general public will be able to gather information on their legal rights as well as medical advice from specialist lung cancer nurses and guidance on benefits entitlements from a local specialist.

The ceremony and campaign is supported by trade union Prospect, of which Roger Lowe, a Plymouth based victim of mesothelioma, was a member.  Also supporting the event are leading personal injury law firm, Russell Jones and Walker, who have pursued a compensation claim on the behalf of the Lowe family as well as numerous other victims of the disease. Russell Jones and Walker will be present at the free clinic to provide legal advice and assistance to those affected by mesothelioma.

“More than 2000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the UK and this figure looks set to rise in 2008.  With events such as this, The Roger Lowe Asbestos Mesothelioma Campaign hopes to raise awareness of the disease in the South West where, according to research by the British Lung Foundation, 40% of people don’t even realise that asbestos causes cancer,” says Jackie Lowe, The Roger Lowe Asbestos Mesothelioma Campaign.

Michael Imperato, Partner, Russell Jones and Walker, commented: “Plymouth has its own ticking timebomb. The city is a hotspot for asbestos related deaths due to its past use at Devonport Dockyard - and  those deaths are expected to peak in the next decade . Despite its prevalence, few of those who have been affected by asbestos related diseases, whether victims or their families, are aware of their legal rights and the compensation they may be entitled to claim.  We would encourage people to attend the walk-in clinic and to find out what their rights are.”The event takes place at Saltram House, Plympton, commencing with the tree planting at 11am.  Admission and parking is free.

For more information on the Roger Lowe Asbestos Mesothelioma Campaign visit www.prospect.org.uk/rogerlowecampaign or call the free phone campaign line on 0800 916 9072.