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The Heart of England Community Foundation

11 May 2023

The Heart of England Community Foundation helps people in Warwickshire and the West Midlands conurbation to lead happier healthier lives. To do this they connect generous donors with groups like ours who need help. They have arranged for three donors to fund an expansion of our work. Who the funders are The donors who will…

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International Workers' Memorial Day 2023 was commemorated at the Workers' Memorial in the grounds of St Phillip's Cathedral Birimingham.

Remember the dead, fight for the living!

28 April 2023

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2023 was commemorated today at the Workers’ Memorial in the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral. There were speakers from the Central England Hazards’ Trust, Asbestos Support Central England, the regional TUC, Birmingham Trades’ Council, Unite, Unison and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, as well as a song with new words specially written for…

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Join us on International Workers’ Memorial Day

26 April 2023

An invitation to the annual commemoration of those who have died in our region from worked related injuries. The commemoration will be held at the workers’ memorial in the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Friday 28 April at 12.30pm. Remember the dead. Fight for the living. photo by Christophe.Finot (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified

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Watch Dr Xand Talking to People About Mesothelioma

19 April 2023

People living with mesothelioma report that this is an excellent programme from the BBC. It features Liz Darleston, the CEO of Mesothelioma UK, as well as two patients who talk about their condition. They explain how they were exposed to asbestos. Something to share with your friends. The link is here.  

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Concessionary Travel on West Midlands Public Transport

12 April 2023

If you live in the West Midlands conurbation and have an asbestos related disease you are probably entitled to concessionary travel on buses, trains and trams. The area covered by the concession is Birmingham Coventry Dudley Sandwell Solihull Walsall Wolverhampton It only takes 15 minutes to apply on line. If you have any difficulties with…

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The hidden challenge of asbestos in social housing

5 April 2023

In November last year NORAC (The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants), together with ATaC (the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association) undertook the first ever review of how asbestos is managed in the UK. Over a six month period their experts examined 128,761 buildings.  They found asbestos in more than 100,000 of them. It could be…

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Don’t let the dust settle!

4 April 2023

Did you think the danger from asbestos is a thing of the past? It isn’t. The importation, supply and use of asbestos was banned in 1999, but it might still be in any building built or renovated before 2000. This is particularly true of work done between the 1950s and the 1980s. It is estimated…

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Surviving with Mesothelioma

30 March 2023

A new study published this month in the Journal of Surgical Oncology looked at survival rates for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. It is important to note that the study covers the period from 1992 to 2015, before treatment with immunotherapy started to become available. It also looked at patients in the US, whose access…

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Join us for our live event on Action Mesothelioma Day 2023, Friday 7 July 1 till 4pm

24 March 2023

This year we’re going live again for Action Mesothelioma Day. We’re organising  a jam-packed event on the afternoon of Friday 7 July in the centre of Birmingham at The Priory Rooms on Bull Street. There is a tram stop right outside and it’s an easy walk from the New Street, Snow Street and Moor Street…

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Forum reps and medics will meet Cape to discuss donation to research

16 March 2023

Representatives from the UK Asbestos Support Groups’ Forum,  along with internationally recognised medical professionals, are meeting with Cape to discuss our demand that Cape pay £10 million towards medical research. As a goodwill gesture the Forum has postponed its plans to ramp up our ‘Cape Must Pay’ campaign. Cape were one of the leading manufacturers…

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