51f9930c-c8fd-4265-a626-c56b788d6554A charity bake sale and coffee morning to raise funds for the asbestos cancer charity, Mesothelioma UK, is being hosted by Novum Law on Friday (20th May).

Mesothelioma UK is the only national charity specifically for people with this cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It supports patients and their families by funding mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists and providing information, support and education aimed at improving mesothelioma treatment and care.

Visitors will be treated to a vast array of mouth-watering muffins and cakes and hot drinks in exchange for a charitable donation to help people affected by mesothelioma and their families and carers.

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Alan Jolliffe, who specialises in providing legal help for asbestos disease patients will be on hand to answer any questions people might have about mesothelioma and Mesothelioma UK.

Alan says:

“Mesothelioma is a type of terminal cancer that develops due to exposure to asbestos, often in the workplace. It mainly affects the lining of the lungs, but it can also affect the lining of the stomach. Sadly, there is no cure. More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with this rare cancer every year in the UK and it can take many years to develop – sometimes several decades after the initial exposure to asbestos.

“On the Isle of Wight, the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that asbestos-related cancer claimed the lives of more than 300 people between 1981 and 2019. The mesothelioma death rate among men on the Island is higher than across Great Britain as a whole.

“Asbestos was heavily used in traditional industries like ship building, railways, manufacturing, engineering, and construction throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. On the Isle of Wight, Southampton, and Portsmouth, with its rich maritime history, asbestos exposure often happened in shipyards and dockyards because asbestos was used as an insulator for boilers, pipes and in ships’ deckheads and bulkheads. Novum Law has helped many people diagnosed with mesothelioma after working in shipbuilding all those years ago.”

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Novum Law’s ‘Muffins for Meso’ fundraiser is being organised by Senior Paralegal, Lisa Hendy, who was awarded ‘Community Champion of the Year 2021’ at the prestigious National Paralegal Awards last year for all her hard work and dedication to supporting good causes on the Island.Lisa Hendy - Community Champion From Novum Law

Lisa has said:

“We’re excited to be hosting our first face-to-face charity fundraiser on the Isle of Wight in over two years since the pandemic and what a wonderful cause we are supporting! Mesothelioma UK does so much to help asbestos cancer patients with advice and guidance, financial support to access clinical trials as well as its vital work increasing awareness of asbestos diseases.

“We are all baking up a storm to make sure there is plenty of sweet treats for everyone who is coming along to support our event and we are so looking forward to catching up with colleagues and old friends and new over a muffin and a cuppa!”

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Novum Law’s Muffins for Meso charity bake sale and coffee morning takes place on Friday 20thMay from 10:00 to 12:00 at The Apex, St Cross Business Park, Newport.

If you would like to donate to Mesothelioma UK, Novum Law has set up a Just Giving page.

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