Held on Friday 1st July 2011 at Wallasey Town Hall, down the road from the Cammell Lairds Yards where many workers were exposed to huge quantities of asbestos dust causing tragic deaths and injury.
The event was jointly organised by Merseyside Asbestos Victim Support Group and Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group to raise awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos related conditions.
Over 100 victims and families attended the event along with Civic Dignitaries and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
It was an opportunity to honour our lost workers and their families and inside the hall a screen displayed dedications to the people who have tragically lost their lives.
The dove release took place on the steps at the rear of Wallasey Town Hall, which abuts the Mersey Estury. A respectful one minute’s silence was held on the steps as ships poignantly sailed by, then at 12noon the doves were released.
Funds were raised for two charities dedicated to raising money to fund research into finding a cure for Mesothelioma, the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund and the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund.
As part of the event informative talks were given by Dr Chris Warburton (Chest Consultant), Mr Paul Rowan (Former Rochdale MP, Chair of Asbestos in Schools Campaign), Mr John Tootle (Tutor in Construction at Liverpool Community College). Focussing on latest clincal developments for mesothelioma patients, Asbestos in the Schools, HSE’s budget cuts and the abandonment of their campaign on asbestos.