Today at Thompsons, we will be lending our full support to Action Meso Day – a UK-wide initiative designed to raise awareness about the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.

The day is about awareness and eradication and has the two very clear aims - making everyone in the country aware of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos, and promoting the Mesothelioma Patient Charter to healthcare providers, government and employers.

Mesothelioma is a cruel disease which devastates families.

Nicola Harrison of Thompsons Solicitors

Across the country, individuals and organisations are coming together through Action Meso Day virtual event to show their support in panel discussions, sharing clinical trials updates and giving facts and insight for people who are new to mesothelioma.

For us at Thompsons, it’s a particularly poignant day as we brought the first successful case for asbestos-related disease compensation in the UK to the House of Lords in 1972, and since then we have had the sad honour of representing thousands of individuals and families whose lives have been devastated by a product the dangers of which were known about but ignored for far too long.

Just in the last year we helped nearly 800 families facing the horror of an asbestos disease diagnosis. Not all of them could recover compensation but for those who could, we won more than £30million in damages, and if there was no case that we could pursue we always signposted families to additional support in terms of benefits and probate and introduced them to specialist support groups around the UK.

Nicola Harrison, one of our partners and asbestos specialists, said: “Mesothelioma is a cruel disease which devastates families. Our specialist knowledge and experience means we can support them through extremely difficult times and, where possible, help them recover the compensation available but sadly we can never heal the broken hearts or replace the lost lives.

“My colleagues around the UK will be joining a number of virtual events and will be doing what we can to help ensure the awareness day is a useful platform for all those involved whether that is patients, carers, healthcare professionals or trade unions.”