Dove release and speeches: 12.30 p.m. in Lincoln Square, Central Manchester
Public Meeting: ‘Time for a National Mesothelioma Strategy’
1.30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Central Manchester
Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group will again be commemorating all those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma alongside patients, family members, carers, campaigners, Trade Unionists and MPs. Local MPs will speak at the outdoor rally in Lincoln Square following which we will release doves in memory of past victims.
The outdoor rally will be followed by a public meeting at the nearby Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. Following the surprise announcement in March that the Government was to award £5 million for the establishment of a National Mesothelioma Centre, there is increased optimism that the need for more sustainable research funding is being recognized at last by those who can make this happen. But we need to make sure the pressure is kept up so that ongoing funding is secured for the future.
We will again be raising money for mesothelioma research in the run-up to Action Mesothelioma Day. Last year over £20,000 was raised by GMAVSG supporters. Every penny of this will go directly to mesothelioma research. If you would like to help us raise money this year please contact us to find out how. You can also download a Sponsorship form here (Merv, could you put a link here to the PDF of our Sponsorship form. I will get Rob or Jeff to email you this tomorrow morning).
Please note, there will also be commemoration events for the Battle of the Somme in the centre of Manchester on 1st July. There will probably be parking restrictions and it may take longer than usual to travel into Manchester so please make allowances for this. Please check our Facebook page for updates on travel and parking on the day.