Virtual Action Mesothelioma Day 2020

Anglia Asbestos Diseases Support Group in East of England  (AADSG)

Norfolk and Essex events commemorating Action Mesothelioma Day, 2020:

There are two events taking place in East of England organised by AADSG. These are open-air events (weather permitting) to be staged in a controlled setting and held over the week-end of 04/05 July 2020. The East of England (AADSG) covers an area of some 7,000 sq. Miles, with branches in Brentwood (Essex) Bury St. Edmunds (Suffolk) and Norwich and Wells next the Sea (Norfolk) AADSG volunteers carry the message of the dangers of asbestos exposure to all corners of the region from the R. Thames to The Wash and from Suffolk Coastal to the M11 corridor.

Now that social distancing directives have been relaxed and retail shops are once again open there will be two Mesothelioma Raising Awareness events taking place in Norfolk and Essex to commemorate Action Mesothelioma Day 2020. The Norfolk event will be held in Upwell (nr. Wisbech) and the Essex event in Southend-on-Sea. The events, locations and distancing rules will be advertised on the AADSG website and the AADSG facebook page. www.facebook/angliaasbestos

The format will be our customary AADSG/MUK/SoAF Awareness Stalls providing a comprehensive supply of literature for those concerned about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Clinical enquiries will be referred to the Mesothelioma UK 24 hr. Helpline : 0800 169 2409

Covid 19 : controlled social distancing rules will apply at both locations.

Clydebank Asbestos Group will post a short video on its Facebook page and website featuring chairperson Margaret Waddell and local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes to mark Action Mesothelioma Day and remember all those who have been affected by this terrible disease.

The Clydebank Asbestos Group is a volunteer organisation that was set up in 1992 to help provide support, advice and information for victims of asbestos and their families.

DAST (East Midlands Wide Asbestos Support) will be posting videos around the theme of support for patients before 11am and then, at 12pm, will launch two videos, the first by Dave Brown, a mesothelioma patient talking about his support network, followed later by a second video of Geoff Fowler’s inspirational story and lessons learned after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) has cancelled its annual rally & dove release. However, if you have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, you are very welcome to join us for a virtual Zoom meeting at 10am on Friday 3rd July 2020.

Please email us at for joining details.


HASAG Asbestos Disease Support Group will follow the UKMA hour of content by releasing butterflies for patients to sponsor as well as posting videos from guest speakers on its Facebook page. Here’s a link to the HASAG YouTube Premiere.

Sponsor a butterfly


Meet the Researchers

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund annual Meet the Researchers event is a unique opportunity to discuss new and ongoing research in mesothelioma in a friendly and approachable way. 1pm to 3pm on Friday 3rd July. Register in advance for details.

London Asbestos Support online event via Facebook and the website 12:00-13:00.

More information


Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support is hosting a dove release and scroll of remembrance from 12pm. You can sponsor a dove in honour of a friend of loved one.

Mesothelioma UK will host online events before and after the UKMA virtual event. You can also buy an AMD 2020 pack and add a name and message to a name roll on the Mesothelioma UK website.

Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire (MESSY) virtual afternoon tea and opportunity for Q&A following UK Mesothelioma Alliance AMD Event. Richard Burgon (Labour MP for Leeds East) will be joining the meeting and sharing his views on the region’s asbestos legacy and what can be done to support those living with the disease now and the future generations who will undoubtedly be affected by asbestos diseases.


We will be holding a ‘virtual’ meeting of the Papworth Mesothelioma Social Group to celebrate this most important day.

Kate Slaven, Mesothelioma UK Specialist Nurse will present the latest news from Mesothelioma UK.

A question and answer session with the committee.

An unveiling of a very special plaque.

Candle lighting event in memory of all those we have cared for and hope for the future

Announcement of animal adoption.

We cannot hold a raffle on this day, so if you would like to donate to Meso UK directly, it would be very much appreciated.

Please join us if you can!


Mesothelioma Virtual Support Group

For peritoneal mesothelioma patients and their families/carers to meet each other virtually and share their stories.

09.30am-10.30am virtual Zoom meeting
10.40am-12 noon Join the UKMA vAMD event
12pm Butterfly release hosted by HASAG – via Facebook live video

Please contact Samantha Westbrook, Mesothelioma UK’s Peritoneal Clinical Nurse Specialist, for log in details.

Readley, based in the North East, will host its own virtual event via Facebook live (starting 12.15pm)  with a few words and another one minute silence before a live dove release.

The dove release is available to sponsor, please visit for more information.

The North East landmark, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit up blue on the day, which will be a spectacular sight once darkness falls.

Swindon & Wiltshire

The Swindon and Wiltshire Asbestos Support Group have produced a short film to mark Action Mesothelioma Day 2020, which will be premiering on YouTube at 3.30pm on Friday 3rd July.

vAMD 2020 Events

Organisations all over the country held their own Action Mesothelioma Day 2020 events and commemorations.

Click for a list of AMD20 events from these organisations:

  • Anglia Asbestos Diseases Support Group in East of England
  • DAST (East Midlands Wide Asbestos Support)
  • Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG)
  • HASAG Asbestos Disease Support Group
  • June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund
  • London Asbestos Support
  • Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support
  • Mesothelioma UK
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma Virtual Support Group
  • Readley, based in the North East


Thank you to the British Lung Foundation for supporting Action Mesothelioma Day 2020.

Thank you to Laurie Kazan-Allen of the International Ban Asbestos Secreteriat for this write up of Action Mesothelioma Day 2020.