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Action Mesothelioma Day 2020

This year, due to the current pandemic, we were unable to  bring you physically together for Action Mesothelioma Day, but we still wanted to mark the date. We held ‘Virtual Action Mesothelioma Day’ on Friday 3rd July 2020 on social media. The day started off at 9am with an introduction from Joanne and there were posts and videos throughout the day. Here are a few videos from the day.

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In order to make sure mesothelioma patients and their carers get the treatment and support they deserve we need to know what people’s experiences are currently or have been. 

So please take the time to fill in this questionnaire and give us your ideas.

On completing the questionnaire you will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a Cornish Cream Tea.

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It is with great regret that we have taken a tough decision to postpone all future events including Mesothelioma in the Midlands, Workers Memorial Day, Well-being Lunches and Lighthouse Group Meetings.

We are in a situation with coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) outbreak to cancel gatherings officially as per the Government advice to date. We will always act in the best interests of our members who use our services – so while it’s appropriate to recognise the need for us to continue our focus on delivering our services, we will always balance this with our responsibility to check that the safety of our staff, volunteers and our members.

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We would like to update our service users on how we are responding to the outbreak of Covid19, (coronavirus) and how we plan to approach future decisions as the situation develops.

We will always act in the best interests of our patients, carers and family members who use our services – so while it’s appropriate to recognise the need for us to continue our focus on delivering our services, we will always balance this with our responsibility to check that the safety of our staff, volunteers and our service users.

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Women & Asbestos – International Women’s Day

Some years ago, we were given a print by a Columbian artist entitled “The Female Face of Britain’s Asbestos Catastrophe”.  The print was inspired by an original research paper by Laurie Kazan-Allen.

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With funding from Foundation Derbyshire, we have been able to produce a new information leaflet entitled Asbestos and Agriculture. This aims to give guidance to those working on farms where asbestos might be present. Millions of tonnes of the substance was imported to the UK in the 20th century, and it was regularly used in farm buildings.

The new leaflet was launched at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell on Friday 6th December.  Copies can be obtained by contacting the DAST office. Or download a pdf from this page: https://asbestossupport.co.uk/about-dast/raising-awareness/

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Huge thank you to Steve Dunstan and his employer Scottbader chemical company, who have presented us with a whopping £1430!

This was raised by Steve running The Race To the Stones in July of this year. The Race to the Stones is a 100km run through the heart of the English countryside. The stones in question are the monolithic standing sarsens at Avebury in Wiltshire, which form one of Europe’s largest Neolithic monuments. They

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Asbestos Anniversary Event

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UK ban on asbestos. Since 1999, it has been illegal to use or import asbestos, to the benefit of everyone’s long term health.

This victory, of great importance to millions of trade union members, must be marked. Although there are no new imports and uses of asbestos here, there are still thousands of tonnes present in our national infrastructure. We must continue to highlight this ongoing risk. We should also take this opportunity to remind people why this ban is vitally important. In these times of political instability, the repeal of the asbestos ban is not beyond the realms of possibility. The anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to promote these issues.

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