Asbestos – Should Britain introduce an eradication Law?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health believes that the time has come to put in place regulations requiring the safe, phased and planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place across Britain

The background

This year, in Britain, official figures estimate that 5,000 people are likely to die prematurely as a result of asbestos exposure. This is around three times the number of road accident deaths.

Almost all of the people who are dying now were exposed to asbestos decades ago and asbestos is now often wrongly seen as being a problem of the past as its importation and use has been banned since 1999.

However asbestos is still with us and it is still as dangerous as ever. Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be found in around half a million non-domestic premises (and probably around a million domestic ones). It is present in a range of different forms including lagging on pipes and boilers; sprayed asbestos on pipes and in voids; asbestos cement in the form of roofing, wall cladding, guttering, pipes, water tanks and corrugated sheets, insulating boards, tiling, textured wall coatings, and asbestos ropes and cloth. Often it is either hidden or has not been identified as asbestos.

This means that people are still being exposed to asbestos. It is often people who are working in maintenance, refurbishment or demolition, but people can, and do, become exposed simply by working in a building with asbestos, as fibres can become dislodged and breathed in.

How dangerous is asbestos?

There are several different fatal diseases that result from asbestos exposure. The main ones are lung cancer, mesothelioma (which is a cancer of the lining of the lung or the abdominal cavity) and asbestosis, a long-term lung condition.

There is estimated to be around 2,000 lung cancer deaths a year caused by asbestos exposure, although many campaigners believe that this is an underestimation. This is primarily considered to be a result of very high levels of exposure involved in activities such as asbestos spraying, lagging, etc. Most of this kind of work was stopped in Britain by the 1980s, and the figures from lung cancer are slowly decreasing.

However deaths from mesothelioma, which can result from much lower exposure, continue to increase and in 2013 led to 2,538 deaths. Fatalities from asbestosis are also increasing. In 2012 there were 464 deaths where asbestosis is likely to have contributed as a cause and 900 newly assessed cases for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in 2013.

An analysis of mesothelioma deaths shows that they are far more common amongst occupations such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians, but also occur amongst other workers with no history of work in the construction-related sector but who are likely to be effected through exposure in their workplace. This includes shopworkers, health-care workers, telephone engineers, teachers and finance workers.

Around 85% of mesothelioma deaths are a result of exposure at work, but some are due to exposure in the home. An unknown number of people may have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure while at school. This is because asbestos is present in around 75% of schools.

There is no safe threshold of exposure to asbestos fibres. This means that the inhalation of small quantities, even over a short period, can lead to mesothelioma decades after exposure.

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that the number of deaths from mesothelioma is likely to continue to increase until around 2020 and then decline. This is because mesothelioma normally has a latency period of around 30-40 years and most exposure would have happened prior to the introduction of regulations restricting asbestos exposure and use in the 1970s and 1980s.

Before the death rate declines, around a quarter of a million people in Britain will have died as a result of asbestos exposure. How many will die after that is dependent on what we do now. Unfortunately the estimates of a decline after 2020 depend on presumptions of exposure which, the HSE admits, “are particularly dependent on assumptions about certain model parameters for which there is no strong empirical basis – and in particular, the extent of population asbestos exposure after 1980.”

Yet, there are no accurate figures for the levels of asbestos exposure since 1980, or any reason to believe that exposure will decline considerably over the coming decades unless action is taken to remove the cause of asbestos related diseases, which is the presence of asbestos containing materials.

So what is the present legal position?

The first major controls of asbestos were introduced in 1931, but only covered asbestos manufacturing processes.

In 1970 new regulations came into effect that covered other factories that used asbestos, including power stations and warehouses. It required better cleaning and the use of protective clothing.

In 1985 some types of asbestos were banned from importation or use and further regulations were introduced 2 years later. By 1988 most of the processes that led to very heavy exposure, such as spraying, were banned, and the use of asbestos as a major building material ceased.

The import, supply and use of almost all asbestos was not banned until 1999. However there were still considerable amounts of asbestos out there and people were being regularly exposed.

From 2004 there was a specific duty on employers to manage existing asbestos, and in 2006 all the existing regulations were brought together into one single regulation that, with the addition of a few changes in 2012, applies today. This states that:

  • If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place; their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.
  • Those responsible for maintenance of non-domestic premises, have a duty to manage the asbestos in them, to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes.
  • Before doing any building or maintenance work in premises that might contain asbestos, you need to identify where it is and its type and condition; assess the risks, and manage and control these risks.
  • In most cases, work with asbestos needs to be done by a licensed contractor, but even non-licensed asbestos work requires effective controls.
  • The control limit for asbestos is 0.1 asbestos fibres per cubic centimetre of air (0.1 f/cm3). The control limit is not a ‘safe’ level and exposure from work activities involving asbestos must be reduced to as far below the control limit as possible.
  • Training is required for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos (e.g. cable installers), as well as those involved in asbestos removal work. It also includes Surveyors, Architects and anyone in the construction industry unless they only ever work on new builds or properties built post 2000

Levels of current exposure

It is impossible to give a clear figure for the number of people who are exposed to asbestos today, or the levels they are exposed to. Although high exposure is now rare, the lower levels of exposure, which can lead to mesothelioma, are still happening on a daily basis. The HSE estimates that 1.3 million tradespeople are at risk of exposure, and they could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.

Between 1950 and 1985 asbestos was used in millions of homes, workplaces and public buildings. It is estimated that as late as 1997 there were over 3,000 asbestos products on the market, ranging from paints and tiles to brake pads and resin toilet cisterns, but the main use was either as insulation or in the form of concrete cement, which was made into products such as corrugated roofing sheets and pipes. As a result it can be found in factories, homes, schools, shops, hospitals, offices, restaurants etc.

It is estimated that over six million tonnes of asbestos fibres were imported into Britain during the last century. The peak was in 1973 when 195,000 tonnes were importedix. Most of this asbestos is still there and it is likely that at least half a million commercial properties and a million domestic properties contain some form of the asbestos containing material.

Provided the asbestos containing products are in good condition and are not likely to be disturbed during the normal use of the building, the recommended action is to leave the material as it is and manage it in place. This has been the generally accepted practice in the past, but was always seen as a temporary measure. Yet 15 years after the introduction of a ban on its use, the vast majority of asbestos is still in place and poses a major hazard to both workers and the wider public. It is the view of the all-party parliamentary group that retaining a policy of managing asbestos in place is no longer appropriate and must be changed.

It is extremely unlikely that asbestos is never going to be disturbed if it is left in place for decades. There can be few cupboards, boilers, wall panels and pipes that have had no work done on them since the 1970s, when asbestos use was at its’ peak. There is therefore considerable doubt that most of the asbestos that is to be found in buildings is going to lie undisturbed for the next twenty years, let alone the next hundred.

Despite the regulations calling for all premises to be surveyed and asbestos containing materials to be regularly inspected and labelled, we know that this is not happening. A 2010 survey of 600 schools showed that only 28 per cent of respondents said the presence of asbestos-containing materials was clearly marked in the workplace. Where there was an asbestos-register, only one third of respondents were aware of its existence and only 20 per cent of the total sample confirmed that the register was shown to contractors before they commenced work.

This is particularly worrying because the Committee on Carcinogenicity has concluded that children may be more susceptible to develop mesothelioma as a result of exposure.

However exposure to asbestos is not just a problem in schools as can be shown by the number of prosecutions of shops, local authorities, factories and others for allowing workers to become exposed. Yet these prosecuted are only a tiny proportion of the employers who put the lives of their workers at risk by exposing them to asbestos. The asbestos regulations, however good they are, simply are not being complied with. In workplaces across Britain, most asbestos containing material remains unrecognised and even where it has been identified, accidental disturbances by contractors and others are common-place. Asbestos can also be dislodged by everyday activities such as vibration.

In addition there is a clear lack of awareness amongst those most at risk. In 2014, when asked by the HSE, only 30% of 500 tradespeople who were asked, were able to identify all the correct measures for working safely with asbestos.

Plumbers, carpenters, electricians and builders can also be exposed by working in domestic premises as there is no requirement for homeowners to survey for asbestos.

One trade union alone, Unite, has a register of around 15,000 of its members who have reported being exposed to asbestos, and that is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, as most workers who are exposed will not have been aware of it or have reported it.

Need for an eradication programme?

Simple regulations for managing asbestos in the workplace, however good, will never protect workers from risk. So long as asbestos is found in any place where someone could be exposed there will be a danger. The only way we will eradicate mesothelioma in Britain is by removing asbestos. That will not be easy and there is a need for a realistic timetable, but work towards that should start now.

Other countries are already developing eradication plans. In 2013, Australia set up an Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency with the specific goal of removing asbestos from public and commercial buildings with a view to eliminating asbestos related disease in the country. Poland, which has 13 million tonnes of asbestos in place, has also made a commitment to remove all asbestos by 2032. The European Parliament has called for the removal of asbestos from all European public buildings by 2028

If we are to protect future generations from the risk of exposure to this deadly fibre, the All-Party Parliamentary Group believes that we need a new law on asbestos with a clear timetable for the eradication of asbestos in every single workplace in Britain.

It should include provisions to ensure that:

  • All commercial, public, and rented domestic premises have to conduct, and register with the HSE, a survey done by a registered consultant which indicates whether asbestos containing material is present, and, if so, where it is and in what condition, to be completed no later than 2022.
  • Where asbestos is identified in any premises, all refurbishment, repair or remedial work done in the vicinity of the asbestos containing material should include the removal of the asbestos. Where no such work takes place, or is planned within the foreseeable future, the duty-holder must develop and implement a plan for the removal of all asbestos which ensures that removal is completed as soon as is reasonably practical but certainly no later than 2035. In the case of public buildings and educational establishments, such as schools, this should be done by 2028.
  • The HSE, local authorities and other enforcing agencies must develop a programme of workplace inspections to verify that all asbestos containing material identified is properly marked and managed, and that asbestos eradication plans are in place and include, as part of the plan, an acceptable time-frame for the eradication. Resources should be made available to the enforcing agencies to ensure that they can ensure that all workplaces and public places are complying with the regulation relating to management and removal, and that disposal is being done responsibly and safely.
  • Before any house sale is completed, a survey should be done which includes a survey of the presence of asbestos. Any asbestos containing material should be labelled. Information on the presence of asbestos should be given to any contractor working on the house.

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A Diary Of A #Mesowarrior living with #Mesothelioma #Asbestos — Written for #RareCancerday2021

The Story of Mavis Nye and Mesothelioma a rare disease written by Ray Nye 

I am often asked the question how I feel knowing that I have given my wife a death sentence. That question sounds ominous, but refers to the fact that I probably have. I am guilty of giving Mavis mesothelioma. It is a terminal cancer. caused only by contact with asbestos. 

To give a brief summary of how this came about we need to step back in time. For me it all began in 1953. I became an apprentice at Her Majesty’s Royal Dockyard in Chatham. My father was so proud that I had passed the entrance exam and had been offered an apprenticeship. Stay in the dockyard he often told me. Its regular and a job for life. At aged 15, what did I know? 

Roughly four years into my five-year apprenticeship the most wonderful thing ever to enter my life was about to happen. I met and fell in love with Mavis. 

I was just 19 and she was a couple of months short of 16. This was a relationship that has, to date, lasted 58 years with 55 of those married. 

In the dockyard asbestos was used on the ships. It was required for safety reasons and naval ships were built around asbestos. 

It was almost everywhere onboard ships. Almost all the inboard pipes were lagged with it. The boiler rooms could not function without it. It was everywhere. During refits and repair work, it was removed, then replaced. The waste asbestos was allowed to settle where it fell to be removed later by gangs of labourers. During its removal it created an inevitable dust cloud which one walked through constantly or simply worked amongst it. 

Those poor labourers removing it would descend on board with their brooms and shovels and begin sweeping it into piles and shovelling it into buckets ready to be dumped ashore, usually beside the gangplanks or on the dockside. 

It was piled up in heaps, left on barrows, dumped outside of workshops… No-one took any notice – it was part of everyday life working in the yard. No one told us to be careful or that it was dangerous. 

When it came to break time and lunchtime this was almost exclusively spent on board ship where the air was permanently blown around creating a cloud of dust. The dust would settle on out outer clothes, on our overalls, in our hair and on our skin. There was no escaping it. When a sandwich or lunch box was opened it would settle on its contents, which we consumed, unaware because it was so fine it was barely visible. 

At lunchtimes some of us who had transport would leave the dockyard. I at that time had a motorcycle and I often used it to visit Mavis for a few minutes before dashing back to work again. I would remove my overalls and dash out. This killer asbestos dust would be in our hair on our skin and inevitably on our clothes and was unwittingly, easily transferred from me to Mavis. 

Once we were married, Mavis washed my clothes, increasing her exposure to the asbestos dust. This exposure continued for a further couple of years until I left the dockyard. But by that time she had already breathed in this deadly dust. 

I had contaminated Mavis. I had laid the seeds of her later demise. 

This is where my guilt began. This is where the, ‘if only’ and ‘what if’ questions started. If I had never worked in the dockyard, would she be free of it now? If we had been told of its dangers, would I have chosen to leave the yard? If Mavis had never met me, would she be ok today? 

So, to answer the initial question, how do I feel about the fact that it was me who has given her this sentence? Gutted, destroyed, sick and, yes, guilty. 

Although the dock workers were ignorant of the far-reaching dangers of contact with asbestos, it was a proven a killer agent as far back as the early 1920s. But it was decided that it would be better for industry to simply pay-out those few compensations claims that were successful rather than the billions that would be lost if it was banned. 

We had to wait 30 odd years before it was finally banned here in the UK in 1999. 

Not much consolation for me. The damage was done. 

It was over 40 years before the asbestos exposure hit home. It was 2009 when we received the devastating news that the one thing in all my life that I treasure and have protected all those years now only had a matter of weeks left. 

The words ‘you have mesothelioma and it’s a terminal cancer. There is no cure, your prognosis is three months.’ cut so deep in my heart that I felt physically sick. My guilt mounted minute by minute. This feeling continued so heavy for several years. 

Mavis and I have discussed this and agreed, at least in principle, that I should not feel guilty, that it was a government decision to play down this danger. 

This doesn’t make the feeling go away. But I have come to terms with it. That does not mean I accept it. Shifting blame from me to them does not make it go away. 

With all the pain and misery, I have put her through it’s no wonder I feel guilty. She never asked for it and she doesn’t deserve it. If there was any justice it should be me in her shoes. 

The good news is in June 2014 we were offered a place on the MK3475 trial at the Royal Marsden which proved amazing. 

Today, we are more than fortunate to have a place on a wonder drug trial. A year ago, after chemo and other treatment and trials Mavis had deteriorated to a point where getting about was only possible with the help of a Zimmer walking frame. She was unable to walk a few paces without falling over. She would burn or cut herself without feeling anything. Unable to breathe without pain. She slept a lot she was so tired, worn out by five years of chemo and trials, all of which only provided temporary respite. That chemo damage is set and we have to deal with that. However, it is a small price to pay to have arrived here six years after that first three months prognosis. 

To date we did have complete response 2016 and 2 years freedom, there were very small amounts of thickening then 2020 and it has grown on the spine so now it is a watch and wait situation BUT despite the damage that has been done, she is alive and doing so well it’s amazing. 

We hope this is a continuing trend. Long may it reign for her.  Never give up hope xx

Ray 

The link to Mavis’s DNA Molecular and immunological features of a prolonged exceptional responder with malignant pleural mesothelioma treated initially and rechallenged with pembrolizumab (nih.gov) 

Her blog May 2020 – Rayandmave’s Blog (wordpress.com) 

The Mavis Nye Foundation Aims – Mavis Nye Foundation 

A Diary of a Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #asbestos -Such a busy time life on the computer is hectic

Im really lagging behind on my blog postings aren’t I.

Stuck at home for exactly a year seems strange saying I have been busy, but I have. The cyber world is working hard at getting people involved in meetings.

Every day I get an invitation to do a interview or a a podcaste so each day Im learning something new.

Our first combined group meeting with HASAG and The Mavis Nye Foundation was a great success with mesowarriors, nurses and lawyers was very well attended so it is now set up for monthly events. The next one is March 8th.

Simon Bolten is presenting a paper at iMIG in May which is exciting as He is financed by the Research Grant The Mavis Nye Foundation has presented to him.

Action Meso Day is coming together well through lots of meetings where lots of idea’s are thrown into the pot and agreed. Lots of fun getting everyone under the one umbrella to join up and become one voice.

Please sign up and join in the champagne we need everyone to join in

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Ray and I have joined a Research group in Sheffield to help with a Patient Carer group, Patient and Public involvement and engagement with Dr Julie Hedayioglu who is a psychologist at the National Institute for Health Research.sounded interesting tp share our journey.

Wow, what an incredible digital asbestos spotlight! 🙌

The speakers Yvonne Waterman, Founder & President of The European Asbestos Forum, Dr Mavis Nye, President & Co-Founder at Mavis Nye Foundation, Andrew Paten, Co-Founder at UKNAR – UK National Asbestos Register, Andy Newitt, Account Manager of Calcot Asbestos Recruitment Ltd, Nathalie van de Poel MBA, Co-Owner of Purified Metal Company, and all attendees for coming to this session made it a great time

On Thursday we listened into the Contamination Expo, which if you have read my blogs over the years I have visited in London and Birmingham.

I love this conference as I meet up with all my contacts on Linkedin

Those were the days but this year the Contamination Expo was well run by the team and I was involved with a recorded Interview

by Piage Mynard and thank you Daniel Rogers and the entire Contamination & Geotech Expo team who worked so hard on this and we’re so glad that so many enjoyed the Digital Spotlight!

The feedback on my speech has really made me happy thank you for all the compliments it always pleases me and makes me know Im doing the right thing sharing my journey xx here is the recording ASBESTOS SPOTLIGHT – Contamination & Geotech Expo 2021 – The UK’s leading event for Contamination, Geotechnical, and Environmental professionals (contaminationexpo.com)

I had had a telephone appointment with my Oncologist and she agreed I need my port flushed.

So Friday I was able to break away from the house and visit my hospital to have the flush which was all done within 30 mins the quickest hospital appointment I have been too

So that is a catch up for more read our newspaper Front Page | MNF News Page (wixsite.com)

A Diary Of A #mesowarrior Living With #mesothelioma #asbestos — Zoom has kept me sane in this mad world.

This has been my world lately. I have been into every meeting I can, sometimes 3 a day. Its just so lovely to see people and be involved in conversations.

The Mavis Nye Foundation is doing a Zoom meeting Combined with HASAG if you would like to join please send me your email address

We Are setting up a Zoom Meeting to have a chat about all things Mesothelioma. The Mavis Nye Foundation is partnering with HASAG to provide support to mesothelioma sufferers in Kent so please join in on Monday 8th Feb 2021 at 11am to 12 noon. It is open to everyone in the UK.Email mavisnye@yahoo.co.uk to be sent a link.

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I need to keep sane with Rays Lymphoma returning. But i must admit they have not hung around and with home telephone calls and hospital appointments he is back on the mend.

I know know what it is like for him having to sit outside in the car as he has gone for treatment and I couldnt go in with him.

I had the radio on as the evening darkened around me.

Ray has had Radiotherapy and Im proud of the positive vibes he has shown.

He has rested well and the lumps and bumps of the Lymphoma have been shrinking. Unlike my hidden cancer we can see his and so it is good to see the results of treatment with our own eyes.

Life is going on and we have longer daylight hours so we know Spring is on its way.

I bought Daffodils in bud in my on line shopping this week and its lovely to see the yellow flowers. Life will get better we must just be a little more patient.

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A Diary Of A Mesowarrior #asbestos #mesothelioma -The COVID Vaccine in in my veins brilliant

Yesterday was a good day

Ray had taken a phone call last week to say he had to attend the Medical Centre for his COVID Vaccination and I was so jealous until a Mesowarrior told me to ask if they had any cancellations. So I altered my shopping delivery and told Ray I would come with him.

I was looking on our local Whitstable Face Book and there was a picture of the traffic queue to get into the centre so we set off earlier.

I was out in the fresh air only it was cold air, but I was out which is such a rare occasion at the moment.

Traffic where was the traffic?? We sailed through until we got to Estuary View and then we joined the queue but we were so happy to be there. It snaked all around car park just like the queues at the airport, it meant that everyone was able to get off the main road and not hold any traffic up that was passing through.

I started to get nervous as we approached the large covered area, What if they said no! The Royal Marsden wanted me to have it so I was clear for any trial that might appear, That kept me determined to ask.

A doctor approached and asked was it both and so I said I only 79 and have Cancer could I join in. Yes that was possible he said as we finish at 4 and we have enough vaccine. I was over the moon.

As Ray was the driver he needed to stay after the injection for 15mins so we were guided to the Portacabin and had to park up.

In this new queue we waited for our turn and then we sat down, answered all the questions and that was it on jab was in my arm, The miracle vaccine was on its way to do its work and make antibodies to knock this Pandemic that has changed everything we know as normal life.

Ray was soon done and we sat out in the car for our 15 mins.

Everyone was in a good mood and so much laughing it was just good to see.

I would like to thank all those that worked to get this day to happen. From the scientists, drug companies, those first patients that went through the trials, the fast tracing that was done was just brilliant and then a Huge thank you to everyone in the NHS but then a huge thank you to our local surgeries and all involved.

First pictures from inside a Kent vaccination centre show just how busy it is – Kent Live

A Diary of A Mesowarrior #asbestos #mesothelioma — Happy New Year 2021 is at last with us its a new world.

So we are now in the first week of the year 2021. I hope things improve but sadly we are now seeing so many friends and their families falling to COVID with this new variant and that means another lock down.

We had a very quiet Christmas and Im so pleased I got Netflex for company. I watched the whole series of The Crown and then many other brilliant films. I have never ever watched so much. Normally we are away in the Motorhome and always see New Year in at a site meeting. Oh how our life has changed !!

I went to the Royal Marsden for my scan and poor Ray had to stay in the car in the old for over 3 hours.

I said to a nurse that it causes so much tension for the patients leaving their carers in the car park and guess what? My phone wouldn’t work so I couldn’t let Ray know that I was having a long wait to have my port opened and then closed. I didn’t know I could get so mentally worked up. I know now.

I have trapped a nerve in my back so I was having a problem lifting my legs on and off the scan table. I was convincing myself the cancer was growing well on my spine. In my mind I’m was dying this is it I thought 2021 will see me leaving my wonderful world and my wonderful family. I talked myself into it.

So when I got a phone call yesterday saying we dont want you to travel all the way to the Marsden for the results will you take it on the phone. Well that was it I was right. Then i realised the Doctor was saying The scan was good its not changed to much from last time. Wow!! the blood rushed in my ears I could hear it throbbing. “How much has it grown” “1mm in just one area.”

Wonderful news so because of COVID they don’t want treatment to start as it is growing so slowly I can have my next scan at Kent and Canterbury and I can have my port cleaned as well so we can relax for a while and concentrate on Rays Lymphoma. He has appointments and will have Radiotherapy. The hospitals are so worried about putting patients into chemo.

So that’s the start of my year normally I look back on the year that has passed but 2020 has been the weirdest year for us all. Zooming is the in word and you on mute !! is the funniest sentence,

I have a wardrobe of clothes that are not being worn a poor car that doesn’t want to start it coughs to life when we turn the key. We have saved so much money as the fuel bill is zilch and also no train expenses.

I did join Manchester’s Well being meet and Joanne from DAST did a great move it or lose it on Zoom. It worked really well and at least I have moved.

I have been sitting this morning entering Dates in the Diary and Ray and I have written speeches for the Training Zoom dates we have so we carry on Zooming and Netflex this is our new world. Please stay safe XX

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A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #asbestos—- A Zooming End to the Year

Getting near to Christmas. Mine is going to be virtual as the COVID figures have rocketed here in Kent and the new strain has really took over. Our hospitals are full so its getting scary that if we do get it will there be enough equipment to treat everyone. Latest figures show there are 934 patients with Covid in hospitals across the county, compared to 622 during the Spring peak – a rise of 50%.

Government graph showing the rising number of patients being treated by the East Kent Hospitals Trust

They are calling people in for the vaccine but its for the over 80’s as nursing staff etc have of coarse got the first shots.

So we are staying home for Christmas as Rays Lymphoma is really playing up and his Doctor is arranging his Radiotherapy as she feels he should steer away from chemo.

Staying home is nothing new as we have bee doing that since March. Thank goodness for Zoom

I have been carrying on in many meetings some days 4 but it means I have been able to play a part in the World outside. Asbestos and Mesothelioma being my main conversation.

We had the Mavis Nye Foundation Party and that went well. We raised £347 for a raffle its amazing what you can do in this hard year. A Cornish Cream and Pastie Tea, Flower Bath Soaps and a Pen were won.

Then there have been quiz nights and even a magician which worked very well

MESSY A Yorkshire Support Group was good fun Simon Bolton is becoming well know for being a great quizmaster

Anglia Support Group Friday special Christmas virtual very festive

And Chris Massey Magic for a wonderful Magic Show!  National Association of Shopfitters NAS END OF YEAR QUIZ & INTERACTIVE MAGIC SHOW

So all in all we can still be connected in these troubled times.

All this leaves me to say Merry Christmas and thank you for all the support in 2020.

I dont know where we will be 2021 as what with COVID and Rays Cancer there now is my own Cancer to sort out so a very weird New Year is in front of us but we will overcome as that is what we humans do

A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos –Martin Bans is on a journey to raise Donations Funds for The Mavis Nye Foundation

Martin Bans Messaged me to tell me of his intentions to raise money for The Mavis Nye Foundation

I thought how wonderful and very kind. what will he do run or cycle to Brighton? I was shocked when he showed me of his intentions.

Cycling - Everesting and Hong Kong 300km

November 30 at 3:45 PM  · Over the weekend I managed to successfully complete my Everesting challenge in order to raise money for The Mavis Nye Foundation. It took over 15 hours, 9000 calories, 170km and some serious low points but thankfully managed to hold it together. Massive thanks to Lucy V Bans, best support crew as always! I’ll be partaking in more suffering and attempting my 2nd challenge in January, a 300km continuous ride around most of Hong Kong (Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Lantau Island). This is all in aid of raising money for the Mavis Nye Foundation. A charity that aims to raise awareness and help the fight against peritoneal and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. If you have any money to spare please donate, it’s for a great cause and it may be the only thing that gets me to the finish line.

Please support Martin and help now to get to the Finish line in Hong Kong in January 2021 he is already in Hong Kong so he is training already Hong Kong is all mountains and greenery, nothing like people think. I’m in Hong Kong, the 2 events are just organised between friends. Would be nice to go back to UK and see my cousin who was diagnosed few months back. Life goes on though and hopefully vaccines will be rolled out soon Martin has told me.

Thank you so much Martin you have already reached £2000 so we will head for £4000 now and I wish your team good luck but first Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year





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A Diary Of A Mesowarrior living with #mesothelioma #asbestos a very interesting and unusual week

I saw this advertised https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/kentlife/27074/law-school-moving-mock-trials-online-enables-more-legal-professionals-to-attend

Kent Law School has looked to overcome social distancing restrictions by moving mock trials online. In doing so, this has enabled more students to witness law in action and for more legal practitioners, judges and magistrates to get involved.

Mock trials enable students to experience criminal law in practice and are normally held in the state-of-the-art replica courtroom in the Wigoder Law Building.

Stage 2 and 3 law students enrolled on the School’s Mock Trial Advocacy module have been preparing for trial, with the final mock Crown Court proceedings taking place via Zoom to ensure that as many students as possible are able to watch the trials or participate as members of the jury.

Darren Weir, Director of Lawyering Skills at Kent Law School, said the virtual environment has allowed for more members of the local legal community to get involved: ‘This year will see a total of 28 academics, judges, practitioners and Magistrates playing the roles of witnesses and judges in our Crown Court trials. Being online has certainly got its advantages in that that regard.

‘The advocate students will get a real sense of law “in action” and jurors will have an opportunity to discuss the merits of each case with their contemporaries before reaching a verdict on the evidence. Both groups will be better able to evaluate the role of an advocate and to critically reflect on how the process has its place in society.’

Eleven cases will be heard throughout November and December, with each trial lasting up to three hours. Students volunteering their time as jurors, Court Clerks, ushers or witnesses will be rewarded with employability points.

The Mock Trial Advocacy module enables students to gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the techniques used in trial advocacy. As well as being able to demonstrate skills in persuasion, case preparation and analysis, students learn how to question witnesses effectively.

Now everyone who really knows me I was so interested in such a On line event.

COVID 19 has a good side to it as so much has been open to me as Im a Hon Doctor at the University I just had to take the bull by the horn and ask if I could sit in it.

Imagine my excitement when the email came back that not only could I sit in would I like to be a Juror. Would I? I jumped at it, knowing my good friends at 12KBW and Harry Steinburg QC would find it a great idea.

Tuesday I sat in on a case of Homophobic. A man goes to the toilet in a pub and another follows him carrying his beer glass. He reckoned he accidently raises his arm to fight off a blow as the othe man head butted him, so in-defense the glass hits the man doing a lot of damage to the face.

Now I found him guilty as A if he lifted his arm it to ward of a head butt the glass would have gone into the forehead not on the side of the face where all the damage was caused.

We went off into a room where all the jurors met and we discussed every angle and we returned to the court to report our verdict.

On Wednesday It was really great.

I was allowed in on a sexual assault case.

I sat through all the case and listened to some really funny questions. Then the Jury went to the room and the QC said there is a juror that hasnt gone in. I realised that I was still a juror oops. I quickly went into the room.

We went through the evidence and because the young girl in the restaurant working with a rather randy chef. had her blouse tucked in and an apron on how could he have groped her. I truly thought that as the chefs girlfriend walk in on them and kissed the chef that it was a case of jealousy and we all agreed.

We came up with a not guilty.

Now at 5pm they had a second court that I was differently not on the Jury. It was the same case with all new young students that really went to town and asked so many questions a different story came out and the chef really thought as a French man he was Gods gift to women and loved to grope women and they loved it.

He was guilty that was for sure and the jury came back with that verdict.

I was asked what I had thought of it all and I talked about my different verdicts and why. They found that interesting.

So that was it a very unusual 2 days that Im so pleased to have taken part in.

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A Diary Of A #Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos — #Actionmeso has been launched

Remember the date 30th November 2020 https://www.actionmeso.org/

This was the date that all the asbestos and mesothelioma world came together on Social Media Im so very proud to have played a small part in helping to bring all this to fruitarian. So many people have put a lot of hard work into this Launch but Im so proud that Charities, Support Groups, Asbestos groups and Companies, Mesothelioma Warriors, Nurses, it really is to many to list which is a real achievement. I will keep you all up to date as we work towards July 7th Action Mesothelioma Day

#ActionMeso is a campaign that brings together the diverse mesothelioma community with a single voice.

It is the first time that so many patient support groups and charities have joined forces to raise awareness of mesothelioma.

Our aim is also to get the rest of the mesothelioma community on board including patients, carers,

healthcare & legal professionals together with the

asbestos removal firms and the construction industry.

Basically, we want as many people as possible to come together.​

We are calling for action to be taken to

eradicate this incurable but preventable disease.

What does #ActionMeso hope to achieve?​

We have two clear goals…AWARENESS and ERADICATION:

1. Make every person in the UK aware of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos2. Eradicate mesothelioma and asbestos: Promote the Mesothelioma Patient Charter to healthcare providers, the Government and employers as the action we expect them to take

How do we plan to achieve these goals?​

We are planning a series of activities to raise awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos under the hashtag #ActionMeso.

These will lead to major events, Action Mesothelioma Days (AMD), that we hope will capture the public’s imagination and reach a significant number of people outside of the mesothelioma community.​

The 2021 event will be held virtually and will be a national occasion to bring mesothelioma to the attention of the general public. AMD has always had a memorial aspect and we want to change the tone to be hopeful and positive and create the platform for 2022.

We are hoping that the 2022 event can be held in person and

we are looking to have a national event across the country.​

Our campaign will be brave, honest and different.

BUT we need your help to really get behind this……​

Please, please get involved however you can even if

just by spreading the word about what we are doing.​

Please subscribe so we can keep you

informed as to what is happening and how you can help.

Together we can make a difference.

#asbestos#mesothelioma destroys the lives and loves of many generations. Join #actionmeso campaign to Promote the Mesothelioma Patient Charter @UKMesoAlliance to healthcare providers, Government and employers #erasemeso