Living With Mesothelioma.-My Diary- Visit to London to the HSE’s Asbestos Artwork-Meeting Verastems CEO Robert Forrester

They detonated the bomb in a Kent Quarry today

Ministry of Defence handout photo of the Bermondsey bomb being destroyed by the Army near the River Thames at Cliffe in Kent

It shook Kent but I was off to London today so I missed this.

Caught the train at 9.15am and sat down but had to move. People talking doesnt usually worry me but they were Italian students and they were all trying to talk above each other. Two stations and I moved when ray agreed.

Arrived in London and the mayhem began. We were only traveling from Victoria to Charring Cross but the train was so packed Victoria to The Embankment. It was easier from there to Charring Cross and then I walked to far as it was raining and went past Bedford Street. I asked a lovely French man that works on the Visitor Direction Booth they set up He had us walking in a square back past Covent Garden and There was St Pauls Church (The Actors Church named because its in Theater Land)



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HSE Every Job Beware Asbestos campaign – Artwork briefing – case studies

Thank you for your involvement in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Beware Asbestos Campaign. This document tells you more about your role and the key campaign messages which you can use to weave into your interviews with the media.

Dust to Dust – launch of artwork for the HSE’s Every Job Beware Asbestos campaign
Health and Safety Executive
The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden
Tuesday March 24 2015

Your role

As one of the message contributors to the artwork, you will serve a central role in illustrating the personal story behind the installation. Your main responsibility will be to tell the media how you and your family have been affected by asbestos and its unforgiving side effects. By telling the media your personal story, we hope to encourage tradespeople working today to take the right safety measures to protect themselves and others against the dangerous material.

Please rest assured that we’ll be doing everything in our powers to make any potential interviews as easy and comfortable for you as possible. Please don’t hesitate to call a member of the Kindred team if you have any questions or queries in the meantime – you’ll find the appropriate contact details at the end of this document.

Artwork information

Scores of heart-wrenching messages, written by people who have lost husbands, wives, fathers and children to asbestos-related diseases, are at the centre of a hard-hitting public art installation aimed encouraging tradespeople to take safety steps to protect themselves and others.

Artist Joe Joiner, whose own great-grandmother died after being exposed to asbestos, has been working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to create Dust To Dust – an interactive installation unveiled today in the garden’s of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden to honour the thousands of people who die every year after coming into contact with the killer substance.

More than 50 grieving family members have added their own personal messages to the piece, created as part of HSE’s Every Job Beware Asbestos campaign. The artwork is made up of two huge glass boxes, inside which the messages float around representing a breathing pair of lungs. The messages themselves symbolise the microscopic asbestos fibres that can be unknowingly breathed in if tradespeople do not take the right safety measures to protect themselves. These fibres can prove lethal causing deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer.

Campaign information

The HSE is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety and aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. The aim of this campaign is to help tradespeople recognise that asbestos is still a real and current risk, helping them to work more safely on jobs that might disturb asbestos and to ensure they know how to protect themselves against the dangers.

Asbestos contains microscopic that cause lung disease and cancer. Mesothelioma is the most common asbestos related disease (ARD). HSE estimates that 1.3 million tradespeople are at risk of being exposed to asbestos. This is based on current estimates of employment in Great Britain in construction-related occupations which are most likely to involve coming into contact with asbestos.

The HSE has created a free web app that helps people work more safely with asbestos while on site. The web app can found at :
Key messages

Messaging relating to the artwork
My family and I have been affected by asbestos exposure and we are passionate that no-one else falls victim to it
This artwork represents the many families who have been affected by asbestos exposure and is a way to highlight the devastating impact it has on families like us
This artwork and the many families who have contributed serve as a warning to tradespeople to beware asbestos on every job

Broader campaign messaging
20 tradespeople, on average, die every week from asbestos related diseases
Every tradesperson is likely to come into contact with asbestos at work
Asbestos can be in any house or building built before the year 2000
Asbestos remains in millions of homes, business premises and public buildings today
Asbestos can be found in walls and ceilings and places like floor tiles, boilers, toilet cisterns, guttering and soffits
Over a million tradespeople are still potentially at risk of being exposed to asbestos in their work.
Awareness of where asbestos can be found and how to appropriately tackle it is low
When done regularly, even small jobs like drilling a hole can expose you to the danger
The free Beware Asbestos web app can help you work safely and protect yourself against the risk of asbestos
Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung disease and cancer

We said goodbye to Keith of the agency Kindred who has run this event.


A wonderful Lunch was had in a Restaurant  in Covent Garden. I said it was Parsnip the waitress said Pea but it was lovely.

We walked around and market window shopping and saw this man

How did he do it

and then went to the Church to meet the CEO of Verastem.

There is so much history to this church so I have put the Wiki Link,_Covent_Garden

Then in the very quiet church Rays phone went –oops !! We went outside and as Robert was talking to me he came in view walking down the long pathway to the church. “Is that you in the red coat ” he said. So I waved. I didnt have to wear a rose in my hair then ha ha !!

We had a great talk about my trial and he was chatting about Verstems trials. They are getting good results. We talked about how I met Brian Sullivan and the wonderful day we spent with Dean Fennel and Lord Saatchi.

Then we parted company. We had a good journey home and was so pleased to have a cuppa at home.


Verastem Appoints Robert Forrester as Chief Executive Officer

-Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., to Transition to Executive Chairman as of July 1, 2013

-Conference Call Scheduled for 8:45am ET on Thursday, June 6-

Cambridge, MA – June 6, 2013 – Verastem, Inc., (NASDAQ: VSTM) focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today announced that Robert Forrester, President and Chief Operating Officer, will be named President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director, and that Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will be transitioning to Executive Chairman. These changes will be effective on July 1, 2013.

“Building on Dr. Weinberg’s work in targeting cancer stem cells, Verastem has the potential to revolutionize how we treat cancer,” said Dr. Westphal. “It continues to be my mission to help realize this potential by setting a clear scientific, clinical and strategic path forward and by assembling an extraordinary team to ensure effective execution. Robert’s experience and expertise are perfectly suited to advancing our company through clinical development and creating value for shareholders, making this an ideal time to effect this transition. As the largest investor, and with an active 10b5-1 buying plan, Verastem will remain my principal focus. Robert and I will continue to work closely with the Board of Directors to implement our strategy.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I congratulate Robert on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer,” said Henri Termeer, Lead Director of Verastem. “The strong partnership between Robert and Christoph has allowed them to build an extraordinary company at the cutting edge of cancer research and drug development. The Board has recognized that, as Chief Operating Officer and, more recently, as President, Robert has been instrumental in the design and execution of Verastem’s strategic plan, a fact that will make this transition a seamless one.”

“Led by our commitment to patients, we have built a strong foundation at Verastem. We have assembled the right team, platform, products and capital required to demonstrate the potential of targeting cancer stem cells to improve cancer care,” said Mr. Forrester. “I look forward to building on the scientific foundation and platform which has created our pipeline, advancing these programs forward into the clinic and embarking on a potentially pivotal study of our lead candidate VS-6063 in mesothelioma. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead our talented and dedicated team at Verastem as we strive to bring new treatment options to patients and to create value for our shareholders.”

Conference Call Information

The Verastem management team will host a conference call this morning, Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 8:45 AM (ET). The call can be accessed by dialing 866-515-2911 five minutes prior to the start of the call and providing the passcode 42611296. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call and can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 and providing the passcode 53634345. The replay will be available for two weeks from the date of the live call.

The live, listen-only webcast of the conference call can be accessed by visiting the investors section of the Company’s website at A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website for two weeks following the call.

About Verastem, Inc.

Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSTM) is discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells are an underlying cause of tumor recurrence and metastasis. Verastem is developing small molecule inhibitors of signaling pathways that are critical to cancer stem cell survival and proliferation: FAK, PI3K/mTOR and Wnt. For more information, please visit


Contact Verastem, Inc.

Brian Sullivan,


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