Living Well with Mesothelioma
We have known of a link between asbestos and lung disease since the beginning of the 18th century. But the link with mesothelioma has only been known since the 1960’s. Unfortunately, the number of cases of mesothelioma in the UK each year is expected to rise sharply for the next few years because of the heavy use of asbestos in industry from the end of the second world war up until the mid 1970s.
This section is dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late John Shiers who was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma in October 2010. In the 1980’s, John had been one of the founders of the Asbestos Action Group in Manchester. Ironically it was at this time that he contracted the deadly asbestos cancer whilst living in social housing in Hulme.
During the last twelve months of his life, John worked with his husband Louis to raise awareness of this terrible and preventable disease by supporting the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) which he saw as a way forward to understand and support the needs of people living with Mesothelioma .
During this time John and Louis set up the Living Well with Mesothelioma project to offer therapy free of charge to people living with Mesothelioma, the project was his way of offering continuing support. His intrinsic concern and love for people has now become part of his legacy.
If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or know someone who has, please visit Louis’s website for more information.
Media footage of John talking about mesothelioma.
Social Inclusion and Equality and Diversity are subjects that have always been close to my heart. RainbowBiz is a community organisation that works hard to promote a safe inclusive environment for all. I am honoured to have been appointed volunteer director in January 2016.
RainbowBiz Limited are a social enterprise based in Flintshire, North Wales. Set up by Directors Sue Oliver and Sarah Way and registered in January 2015. We are a not for profit organisation, and inclusive of our whole community, this means that anything we make goes back into keeping our projects running. Find out more HERE
Rainbow Biz has been nominated in the National Diversity Awards 2016 – watch this space!
North East Wales Diversity Festival
Equality and Diversity is a topic which has always been close to my heart. My work has always included working with under represented groups and supporting people to have equality of opportunity and to contribute in a meaningful way in their community. I am proud to be a sponsor of the North East Wales Diversity Festival in conjunction with RainbowBiz Limited who are a not for profit organisation working in North East Wales delivering community projects. The festival will run over the weekend of the 30th April and 1st May.
Gift of a Wedding
Is a distinctive UK charity which provides free weddings to people with a terminal illness, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. I support Gift of a wedding because I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have the wedding of their dreams. Gift of a wedding support couples who are living with life threatening illnesses to have the wedding of their dreams.
I am proud to be able to offer wedding ceremonies for couples who would like their ceremony to be deeply meaningful and personal. I will be conducting my first ceremony for Gift of a Wedding on the 2nd October 2015.