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Action Mesothelioma Day

This annual event was inaugurated in 2006 to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to promote an Action Mesothelioma Charter (see below). Each year, on the first Friday in July, events are organized by asbestos victims support groups in cities throughout the UK.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

Friday 7th July 2017* 

Each year, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness of mesothelioma, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients and more funding for mesothelioma research, for prevention of exposure to asbestos, and to ban mining and export of asbestos to developing countries.

Families affected by mesothelioma will release doves as a public act of remembrance for all those who have died. Local MPs will address rallies.

Local groups will be organising an event near you (see list below – we will update these details as we get more information). This event takes place on the first Friday in July every year (*except in Portsmouth this year where the event will take place on Friday 30th June 2017).

Contact the Forum if you would like further information on 0161 636 7555.

British and Japanese asbestos campaigners unite to remember mesothelioma victims at events around the UK on 7th July

Forum groups were delighted to welcome a delegation of 20 Japanese campaigners at Action Mesothelioma Day events across the country this year.
This solidarity visit was organised by the national network of asbestos victims support groups in Japan, where the number of mesothelioma cases is on the rise. The delegation was made up of people with asbestos diseases, bereaved family members, trade unionists and asbestos campaigners.
There are many cases of environmental exposure in Japan, people who contracted mesothelioma because they lived close to asbestos factories, in addition to those who were exposed at work. We were moved to hear the sad stories from those who had lost loved ones to mesothelioma in Japan. The UK still has the worst incidence of mesothelioma in the world but this disease does not recognise borders and it is clear that people in Japan, and many other countries, also suffer from this man-made epidemic.
AMD events saw doves released in memory of all those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma and MPs address rallies across the UK. Forum groups raised money for mesothelioma research in the build-up to Action Mesothelioma Day as they do every year and called for Government action to ensure sustainable funding for mesothelioma research.
We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to our friends from Japan who contributed so much to Action Mesothelioma Day this year. Your solidarity meant so much to us. It highlighted the international nature of the asbestos epidemic. We have made good friends and look forward to continuing our joint struggle for justice for all asbestos victims and their families.

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Event location and times

More information


7 July 2017

12.30 pm: Dove release and rally in Sackville Gardens, central Manchester M1 3WA.

Public Meeting: ‘Mesothelioma – a problem to be solved’. Speaker Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (0161 636 7555)




30 June 2016

12.00: Dove release, followed by public meeting at The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH

HASAG Asbestos Disease Support (01238 010 015)





7 July 2017

10.00 am: Public meeting at Walkerville Community Centre, Pinewood Gardens, Newcastle NE6 4SZ followed by dove release at 12.25.

Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and Paul Redhead Asbestos Support Group




7 July 2017

11.00: rally in Cathedral Square, followed by public meeting and act of remembrance in the Domino Hall, Sheffield Cathedral

South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (01709 360672)


Derby 7 July 2017

11.00 am – 1.00 pm: Public meeting, The Roundhouse, Derby College,

Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JE followed by buffet lunch.

To book your place at the event please contact DAST on 01246 380415

or email joanne.gordon@asbestossupport.co.uk



Cardiff 7 July 2017

2.00 pm: Dove release at the War Memorial, Cardiff Bay (opposite

entrance to Welsh Assembly) followed by brief presentations and afternoon

tea in the Senned.

Asbestos Awareness and Support Cymru

(01495 272479) . Email: enquiries@a-a-s-c.org.uk


Action Mesothelioma Charter

We, the undersigned, believe that:

Mesothelioma patients and their families have a right to:

  • a speedy and accurate diagnosis, supported by a Multi Disciplinary Team discussion;
  • good quality information from a variety of sources available in different media and languages;
  • support of a suitably qualified nurse and other Multi Disciplinary Team members throughout their illness;
  • be considered for the best possible treatments available with the support and input of a Multi Disciplinary Team;
  • have up-to-date advice on benefits and help in applying for them, and receive prompt payment of benefits;
  • have legal advice and guidance from a firm of solicitors experienced in mesothelioma claims;
  • guidance on end of life decisions and care at home;
  • provision of a consistent nationwide service from coroners using a clear and open process with a maximum case length of three months.

    And call upon the Government to:
  • have mesothelioma made a national priority by the Cancer Tsar;
  • fund good quality research, alongside other national bodies, on mesothelioma with a view to improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for patients;
  • support the production of clinical Guidelines on the best practice of diagnosis and management of mesothelioma;
  • ensure the Health and Safety Executive vigorously enforce existing regulations on asbestos.

    And call upon all employers to:
  • prevent future exposure to asbestos by providing a safe working environment with all necessary equipment to protect employees;
  • work with unions and individuals to ensure enforcement of current regulations to safeguard all employees;
  • identify all asbestos in their properties and organise its safe removal where practical or necessary when work is being carried out.

Mesothelioma is a malignant lung disease which results mainly from exposure to asbestos. Someone dies every five hours from mesothelioma in the UK.

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