On 4th July 2014, members of staff from the Slater and Gordon Manchester offices Chest & Asbestos teams attended the Action Mesothelioma Day at Albert Square, Manchester.
The rain did not dampen the spirits of all those supporting this annual event to raise awareness of Mesothelioma, a dreadful disease caused by exposure to Asbestos.
The event was attended by local MPs, health professionals and local families who have been affected by Mesothelioma and to witness the release of doves by way of remembrance for those who have died as a result of this disease. Families in Greater Manchester have been badly affected by this disease due to the history of the Asbestos industry in the region, highlighted by the fact that in 2013, the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group saw 140 people diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
The speakers gave warm tribute to the Rt. Hon Paul Goggins MP, the late Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, who sadly died last year. Paul Goggins previously spoke at Manchester Action Mesothelioma Day and devoted himself to championing the rights of people affected by Mesothelioma.
Of the local Members of Parliament who gave their support, Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary, importantly pledged that should he become Health Secretary he would ensure that the insurance industry would be required to support mandatory research into a cure for Mesothelioma and that an incoming Labour Government would match such support.
Lorraine Creech, Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Clinician, East Cheshire NHS Trust, highlighted the fact that despite the increase in the number of Mesothelioma cases each year, funding for research remains very poor and falls well behind research for other cancers.
After the dove release, Lord Alton of Liverpool spoke at Manchester Town Hall. Lord Alton is a dedicated supporter of Mesothelioma victims and their families, fighting in the House of Lords for increased funding into Mesothelioma research. Lord Alton continues to challenge the Government’s intention to end the exemption that Mesothelioma sufferers and their families currently have from paying legal costs in pursuing Mesothelioma compensation claims against negligent employers.
Last but not least, the day reminded us of the invaluable support that the work of Tony Whitson and his colleagues at the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group give to sufferers and their families.
Simon Alexander is a Personal Injury Associate Solicitor & Susan Dawson is an Assistant Solicitor at Fentons Part of Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester, they both specialise in Asbestos and Mesothelioma compensation claims.
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