A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma -A Royal Weekend, And Sue Stephen’s Asbestos In Schools Petition.

street party

If there is one thing we do well its a street party and so many were held over the country to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36509469

Trooping the Colour

Its been a great weekend with trooping of the colour on Saturday

The Red Arrows

Everyone talking about the Queens outfit being such a bright colour but it has been explained that security has dictated she wears these colour’s so that she can be seen if they have to act on any terrorist attack .



I must admit that like so many I love all this.

The Queen has been part of my life as she has always been there. I was a war baby so I to have seen so much and there is always a Royal Occasion taking place.

Now her Palace is in trouble with Asbestos as the old building is crumbling and revealing the dangers that they only use it as -The Office.

Prince Charles will not use it when he is King as he has such a comfortable home at Clarence House and HighGrove.

So that was the weekend I wont talk about Football as the Russians have caused our fans so much trouble but I do have to mention the sad shooting in Orlando.

The killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police has been a shock to the world. You just never know what will happen when you wake up each day but we musnt let people like this win. We must live our lives and not be afraid.

Our love and thoughts go out to the families and friends of both the dead and the casualties who have to heal again. I dont think their minds will ever heal though. It would be good if it bought about the end to guns the US needs a ban on guns but that doesn’t really stop terrorists as we know so well in this country.

Protect our children and teachers from asbestos exposure at school

Could I ask everyone of you that reads my Blogs to sign this.

We have a huge problem in our Schools with Asbestos. It has been covered up for years but our publicity is working and we are fighting hard for Asbestos In Schools.

We have lost so many Mesowarriors  our Tess Gully as well as Micheal Lees Lovely wife. Just by working and teaching our children in Schools like Sue Stephens

This should not happen and we just dont know how many children wont reach old age because of Mesothelioma in years to come.


We want every school in the UK to have to produce an annual report about the type and condition of any asbestos on the premises and share this with all parents and staff. Every child’s potential exposure to asbestos at school must be recorded and shared with parents.
The Government must introduce and implement a policy for the phased removal of all asbestos from schools to be completed by 2028, starting with the most dangerous asbestos.

Why is this important? I will let Sues Daughter tell you x

My Mum, Sue Stephens, was a primary school teacher in Buckinghamshire for almost 30 years. She taught over 800 children and was a wonderful teacher and very committed to her work. Some of her ex-pupils recently wrote to her saying ‘you were the best reception teacher we could ever have wished for and you gave us the best grounding in education that anyone could ever have’.

Tragically my Mum is now dying from mesothelioma, a cancer that comes from exposure to asbestos. It can lie dormant for a long time, meaning that victims are diagnosed with the illness 15 to 60 years after their exposure. Mum believes she was exposed to asbestos in the school she taught in.

Although Mum is now in the last weeks of her life, she is horrified that teachers and pupils continue to be exposed to asbestos in schools. I’ve promised her that I will do my best to make sure no-one else has to suffer like she has.

The problem with asbestos in schools
• 86% of UK schools have asbestos in them, putting over 7 million pupils at risk. A survey in 2015 found that 44% of teachers have not been told if their school contains asbestos. This lack of awareness puts them and their pupils at risk of exposure.
• More than 224 school teachers in England have died of mesothelioma between 2003 and 2012. There is a similar pattern for school support and maintenance staff. Last year 22 teachers died, meaning the UK has the highest death rate in the world. Experts predict that the number of school related deaths in the UK will continue to rise.
• Children are particularly vulnerable to developing mesothelioma. A five year old child that is exposed is five times more likely to contract mesothelioma than someone exposed to asbestos in their 30s. It is reported that between 200 and 300 people die each year as a result of exposure to asbestos when they were children at school.

All of these deaths are completely preventable. We’ve known the dangers since the 1960s with legislation controlling its use since the mid-1980’s. 2 million asbestos fibres can fit on a pin head but mesothelioma can develop from ingesting only one or two fibres. Despite this people continue to be put at risk due to the failure of successive governments to remove asbestos from our schools.

I’ve seen first hand the pain and suffering that mesothelioma causes. I’m already losing my Mum to this terrible disease, I need to be sure that my school age daughter is not in danger simply by going to school.

We can’t let more of our children and teachers die from this entirely preventable disease. Nicky Morgan must prioritise the removal of all asbestos from all our schools.

How it will be delivered

My family will deliver this petition in person to the Minister of Education.



3 thoughts on “A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma -A Royal Weekend, And Sue Stephen’s Asbestos In Schools Petition.

  1. Another aspect of this is that these days they are extracting and ‘recycling’ contaminated wastes from construction & demolition waste from the demolition of old buildings back into new building products with no mention on MSDS, despite it including many toxic & carcinogenic substances that were banned previously from use in new building products because they were proven to cause cancers & other diseases. Crazy…. but they’re putting it back into new building products, all those proven to cause harm, by stealth under the guise of ‘recycling’. Truth is that they have no idea of what or how much of these banned chemicals/substances, including asbestos and ALL others known (& as yet still unknown) that they’re ‘recycling’ back into new building products. These contaminants, many already banned, apart from larger chunks of metal, simply cannot be removed viably, if at all, and regardless of that no testing is done, and many of the old asbestos cement boards for example, are virtually indistinguishable from other boards that do not contain asbestos since they banned asbestos completely. If judged/sorted at all they are done so by eye, but if untrained then the consequences are dire. These contaminated ‘recycled’ wastes are used to make new wood composite boards, new house bricks, gypsum/plasterboard, plastics, etc. We are storing up a hidden deadly legacy for future generations not just for those in the wood and building trades but also those who work in the vastly increasing recycling industries. Residents who live next to these plants or downwind who are being exposed to dust emissions from these plants, be they manufacturing or recycling plants are also at risk. We will never be from the terrible legacy of asbestos and other cancer causing agents if this practice is continued.

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