Sufferers of an asbestos related cancer are to be remembered by residents in Stoke, Staffordshire and South Cheshire on Action Mesothelioma Day this month.

To mark the day Thompsons Solicitors will hand over a donation to staff at the Specialist Cancer Unit at Leighton Hospital in Crewe on the day on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 11.00 am.

Over £200 was raised through a raffle, with personal donations from local trade union officers.

The presentation will mark Action Mesothelioma Day, a national event which highlights the affects of this devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

Every year more than 2,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. There is no cure and many are given just 12 months to live or less.

Thompsons works to help many mesothelioma victims and their families claim compensation for the disease.

The funds will be presented to Ms Sara Evans, the cancer services manager and the Macmillan lung cancer specialist nurse Ms Sue Stubbs on behalf of the specialist Macmillan Cancer Unit.

Action Mesothelioma Day Memorial Events

Terry Loughrey, regional head of the Midlands Specialist Asbestos Solicitors Team at Thompsons in Stoke on Trent said: “Throughout Action Mesothelioma Day memorial events will take place all over the United Kingdom to remember the plight and suffering of all the affected victims and their families. The event is to raise awareness to future generations of the appalling death toll from asbestos.

“The dreadful asbestos legacy will continue to cause devastation to the victims and families of the Stoke, Staffordshire and South Cheshire area for decades to come.

“It is overwhelmingly an industrial disease caused by a failure on the part of employers to adequately protect their workers. There have also been many wives and children that have also contracted the disease from inhaling asbestos dust from contaminated work clothes that brought the dust home.

“This is a time for us to think of all the innocent people whose lives have been wrecked by mesothelioma so that they know our thoughts are with them at all times.

“It is also a time to thank those who do so much to look after sufferers and their families. The team at Macmillian Cancer Unit are dedicated beyond the call of duty and as a result provide an indispensable service to cancer sufferers and their families.”