Mesothelioma is one of several diseases linked to asbestos exposure which has caused misery for countless thousands of workers in Britain over the years.
Every year, asbestos campaigners organise events around the country to mark Action Mesothelioma day.
This serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos, the need for action to prevent the avoidable deaths that result from it, and also as a moment of reflection in memory of those who have been lost to it.
For this year’s event, which took place recently in Manchester, I was asked to join the organisers and campaigners at their vigil in Lincoln Square to speak about the importance of their campaign and the need for us to continue to make improvements to workplace safety.
The Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group, who organised the event, should be praised for the work that they do.
They don’t just raise awareness about an important topic; they also do brilliant work raising money and supporting those affected by this terrible disease.
I was honoured to be invited to join them and participate in their event, and I hope that they continue to go from strength to strength in the future.