National charity, Mesothelioma UK welcomed Loughborough MP Jane Hunt to its headquarters in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire on 14 April 2022 to raise awareness of the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
The charity recently moved into its new head office at Mountsorrel in Charnwood, refurbished with support from local Loughborough businesses. Jane visited to find out more about the important work of the charity.
Mesothelioma is a cancer currently without cure, mainly affecting the lungs. It is related to exposure to asbestos and doesn’t show up for decades. The UK has the highest incidence of this cancer in the world with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year. Although the further use of asbestos was banned in 1999, vast quantities remain in our public and private buildings.
Mesothelioma UK provides information and support to patients and carers. It also funds research and co-ordinates more than 30 Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialists in NHS Trusts around the country.
Jane was given a tour of the new office and discussed the charity’s work and future plans with Mesothelioma UK Chief Executive, Liz Darlison.
Jane commented: “I’d like to thank the team at Mesothelioma UK for inviting me to their new headquarters, and for taking the time to share with me the important work they are doing for mesothelioma patients and their carers. I am delighted that they have chosen Mountsorrel for their new base, which is an area already known for its kind-heartedness and charitable work. I know that they will feel right at home here as they continue to offer vital support to those affected by this awful disease.”
Liz Darlison added: “Recognising the important work that we do to support cancer patients and carers across the UK, we received tremendous help from local businesses to get our new premises in shape. So we were truly delighted to show Jane our new office and really appreciate her interest in our work. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to discuss the very serious problems posed by asbestos, especially the challenges faced by mesothelioma patients and their carers.”