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Mesothelioma UK commissions Armed Forces memorial sculpture
The national asbestos cancer charity, Mesothelioma UK, plans to install the sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum to honour mesothelioma patients who served in the Armed Forces …
Mesothelioma UK, the national asbestos-related cancer charity, has commissioned a design for a memorial sculpture to honour mesothelioma patients from the Armed Forces.
Once funding is secured the sculpture will be installed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. The permanent memorial will honour all veterans, Armed Forces service men and women who have died from the condition. It is part of Mesothelioma UK’s ‘Supporting our Armed Forces’ project, which has captured the impact of mesothelioma on our forces, and established a bespoke service that provides information, advice and support specifically for Armed Forces veterans and serving personnel affected by mesothelioma.
The memorial is made up of more than 60 carved stone blocks, representing the building blocks of life and public service. The blocks form a tower that, although damaged, is supported above and below. The supporting blocks represent the support offered by the charity.
The stone blocks are engraved with information about the charity, mesothelioma, asbestos and the Armed Forces. They can be sponsored in memory of a loved one or supporters can make a donation to the charity to help fund the work.
The project is supported by government funding from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR (London inter-bank lending) rate. Other achievements of the project include the appointment of an Armed Forces benefits advisor to help clients navigate the complex system of claiming compensation and accessing benefits, a dedicated Armed Forces clinical nurse specialist and a research programme that will provide a broad insight into the impact of mesothelioma among our Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
Says Brian Wallis, veteran and Mesothelioma UK ambassador: ‘It is an honour and privilege to be an ambassador for Mesothelioma UK, especially as my late wife and I gave most of our working lives to crown and country before she died of mesothelioma in 2012. This memorial will provide an opportunity for families and loved ones to pay tribute to their fallen and I commend the project to you all. I am urging all those who have lost a loved one to this terrible disease to contribute to this unique memorial as a tribute to their loved ones and to those who have cared for them during their illness.’
Head of services for Mesothelioma UK, Liz Darlison, adds: ‘Our Supporting our Armed Forces project has gone from strength to strength and we’re eager to ensure there is a permanent memorial to honour Armed Forces personnel and veterans who lost their lives to mesothelioma. We’re inviting anyone who has lost a loved one to sponsor a block in their memory or make any donation they can to help us fund this project.’
To find out how to sponsor a block, click here or call 0800 169 2409.
About Mesothelioma UK
Mesothelioma UK is a national resource centre dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support, and improved care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients, their carers and healthcare professionals. The centre promotes the development of specialist mesothelioma nursing practice and funds 28 specialist nursing posts around the UK.
Mesothelioma UK is based in Leicester. Its services are free of charge and it relies entirely on donations, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship for financial support.
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