The JHMRF and MesSY work in partnership throughout the year and co-produce an annual Action Mesothelioma Day event. MesSy is a local patient group led by Specialist Nurse Simon Bolton. Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire (MesSY) meets every six weeks in Leeds city centre and draws patients and carers from a wide radius across the Yorkshire region.
The AMD 2015 event was held on Friday 3 July at Weetwood Hall, Leeds. This year we returned to our popular ‘Meet the Experts’ format – a form of speed-dating for researchers where patients and carers are able to sit down face to face with experts from a range of different backgrounds for a series of informal question and answer sessions about mesothelioma research and treatment. Lots of interesting topics were covered from cell biology to the role of the specialist nurse, and organic chemistry to surgery. It was wonderful to see so many people attending what was both a day of fellowship and a day of information gathering and sharing. Speaking afterwards, Kimberley Stubbs daughter of June Hancock and Chair of the Fund said “bringing people together through their experience of mesothelioma helps so many, just knowing that you are not alone. And having an opportunity to ‘meet the researcher’ is really welcomed by mesothelioma sufferers and their families. It was a lovely sunny day, a lovely afternoon tea and a day that everyone seemed to enjoy”.
Action Mesothelioma Day 2016 will take place on Friday 1 July. More details of the Leeds event including how to book your place will be available in the New Year.
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