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Asbestos Disease Victims Mark 30 Years Of Fighting For Sufferers & Their Families

image: MAVSG logo 30th AnniversaryThe Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group (MAVS) held their 30th anniversary last Friday (27th October) in Liverpool where members and supporters celebrated the milestone in the history of MAVS.

The event included a presentation to Professor Judy Coulson of Liverpool University of a cheque for £2,540 raised to help fund her Mesothelioma hen’s egg research into finding improved treatment for the condition. More info here

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos.

Professor Coulson said:

“I was delighted to accept the donation raised by patients with this insidious disease”. She added: “In these days of austerity in all walks of life this fantastic contribution to our research is greatly appreciated”.

image: Judy Coulson cheque presentation

MAVS is a registered charity which provides help and support for patients and their families across Merseyside providing welfare benefit advice, monthly gatherings for patients to meet one another and learn more about how to cope with asbestos related medical conditions.

John Flanagan, Support Officer for the group said:

“While we are delighted to continue to serve and help patients in Merseyside, I am mindful that the first groups were set up in 1969 in Glasgow, another hot spot like Merseyside for mesothelioma, yet we are still seeing more patients each year with all the asbestos related conditions of mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis, asbestos related pleural thickening and pleural plaques.”

MAVS staff and family members of the late Eddie Loyden MP for Garston.
L to R. Karen Ball-MAVS, Karen Smith Daughter, John Donnelly Grandson, Paula Donnelly Granddaughter in law,
John Flanagan-MAVS

Group Members paying tribute to the late Bob Dickie of the Clydebank Asbestos Victims Support Group.
L to R. Colette Jennings, Sophie Milne, Karen Ball, Alison Davenport

John added:

“We wanted to pay tribute to the late Bob Dickie of the Glasgow group who assisted us in our formation all those years ago together with the late Eddie Loyden who was MP for Garston in 1993 who helped in our formation. We also thanked Peter Kilfoyle former MP for Walton who helped us set up the All-Party Parliamentary Panel on Asbestos, which still meets today."

Video: cheque presentation to Professor Judy Coulson of Liverpool University:

Video: tribute to the late Eddie Loyden MP and presentation to his family members present:

Source: MAVS / unionsafety

Unionsafety web editor Chris Ingram attended the event, taking photos and video of the evening.

You can read more on the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group website here, or by clicking the 30th anniversary logo at the top of this page.

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