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Armco Asbestos attended the annual Contamination Expo Series from 27th-28th September 2017 at the ExCel in London.
It’s the 2nd year in succession that we have attended to support IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers).
We think it’s hugely important to raise awareness when it comes to asbestos contamination.
We met many people over the course of the 2 days.
It was our pleasure to meet two ladies from Mesothelioma UK who visited our stand, it was lovely to meet them.
They were Liz Darlinson, Nurse Consultant & Director of Services at Mesothelioma UK, and Jill Lemon, Fundraising & Marketing Manager.
Liz is a Consultant Nurse in the lung cancer team at Leicester’s Hospitals, works with patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and is also the director of an amazing NHS success story, Mesothelioma UK.
Mesothelioma UK is a national charity and started and is hosted by Leicester’s Hospitals.
Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer of mesothelial cells which are found in the membranes that line our chest and abdominal cavity, most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos contamination.
The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world predominantly because we were huge consumers of asbestos several decades ago.
Leicester’s Hospitals has a world class thoracic oncology team providing treatment and care for mesothelioma which is where Liz’s passion for the disease started in 2000 as the hospital’s
first Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Liz completed her diploma, degree and MSc at De Montfort University (DMU) and now has an honorary contract at DMU as well as an Associate Lecturers position at the Royal Marsden (RMH) School.
In an ideal world Liz would love to complete a PhD but for now she is too wrapped up in patients and leading and growing the charity.
Mesothelioma UK started with a Macmillan Cancer Support grant in 2004 with just two staff, launching as an independent charity in 2009.
They now have 10 staff based here at Leicester’s Hospitals and the charity provides funding for 13 Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialists based in NHS hospitals strategically placed around the UK.
The charity is dedicated to ensuring equitable access to information, support, expert treatment and clinical trials.
A day in the life of Liz can include attending a busy disease surveillance clinic, hosting a visit from another centre, presenting at a conference, attending a parliamentary advisory meeting as their
expert, preparing briefing papers for health advisors, undertaking media interviews and reviewing research proposals and lots more.
Jill Lemon is the Fundraising & Marketing Manager for Mesothelioma UK.
Jill works closely with the Board of Trustees and the Operational team to lead fundraising efforts and maximize the charities income.
Building strong relationships and looking after people who fundraise for Mesothelioma UK is a particular priority for Jill.
Jill started at Glenfield Hospital in the Cardiac Surgery Department in 1995 until 2002 when she joined the lung cancer team as Patient Care Pathway Coordinator.
In 2007 she took a secondment as Project Manager for ‘ChiMP’ A National Time Limited Audit of the use of
Chemotherapy in Mesothelioma Patients before taking on her current role at Mesothelioma UK.
Jill’s background includes Managerial and PA roles including HR, accountancy, sales & purchase ledger and wages.
Want to get involved in fundraising for Mesothelioma UK? Then find out more on the website https://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/
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