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The landmark Watford Town Hall building will shine blue tomorrow (Friday the 1st of July) as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, and the dangers of asbestos.
Specialist asbestos disease law firm Novum Law, which helps and supports mesothelioma patients to claim compensation if they have been wrongly exposed to asbestos, reached out to Watford Borough Council to ask them to “Go Blue for Meso” for Action Mesothelioma Day and the Council readily agreed to help.
Watford Town Hall will be one of hundreds of prominent buildings across the UK to light up blue tomorrow evening to put a spotlight on asbestos cancer and show support for mesothelioma patients and their families.
Action Mesothelioma Day 2022 is an annual event organised by the leading charity Mesothelioma UK to raise vital funds to support the research into tackling mesothelioma and to remember and support those who have been affected by the terminal asbestos cancer.
Shockingly, asbestos is still the biggest cause of workplace-related deaths in the UK, with over 5,000 asbestos-linked deaths in 2019 alone.
Alan Jolliffe from Novum Law, who specialises in asbestos disease compensation claims, says:
“I would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Watford Borough Council for agreeing to light up the Town Hall blue to shine a spotlight on this dreadful disease on Action Mesothelioma Day.
“Tragically, more people die from exposure to asbestos than die in road traffic accidents per year. Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer that is completely preventable, but over 2,500 people are diagnosed each year, with many mesothelioma patients dying within six months of their diagnosis. Fewer than 10% of people with mesothelioma survive beyond three years in the UK.
“Anything we can do to raise awareness of the ongoing danger of asbestos and make more people aware of mesothelioma is vital and we are delighted to have the Council’s support.”
The Town Hall will go blue around 4.30 pm on Friday 1st of July for 24 hours. Peter Taylor, the elected Mayor of Watford will be in attendance along with specialist lung cancer nurses from Watford General Hospital as well as Alan Jolliffe from Novum Law.
For information about the ‘Go Blue for Meso’ campaign, visit www.actionmeso.org/goblue.