15-06-2018 09:14:12 in General by Admin
We held a committee meeting on Friday, 18th July 2018 where a few of our members joined us.   We agreed to sponsor Professor Nick Maskell £500 for his 200km cycle ride in one day around Lucca, Italy on Saturday, 9th June to raise funds for Avon Mesothelioma Foundation. If you would like to sponsor Professor Maskell yourselves, please click on the link Avon_Mesothelioma_Foundation_Char...

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15-06-2018 09:08:56 in General by Admin
Darren Thorne and the Stockwood Vale Golf Club raised a fantastic total of £7,700 for our support group throughout 2017.  A big thank you to Darren and the Stockwood Vale Golf Club. 

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28-12-2016 15:20:51 in General by Admin
BBAFS has been chosen by Captain Darren Thorne and the Stockwood Vale Golf Club to fundraise for in 2016/2017.    You will be pleased to hear that they have raised a whopping £4,000 to date by hosting a quiz night, Christmas party and pig racing.  A fun run around the golf course in March has been arranged together with a Captain's day in June.  Wha...

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08-11-2015 20:19:53 in General by Admin
Dear Members, Welcome to our fourth newsletter. It has been lovely to see so many of you attending our support group meetings at Whitminster and Axbridge. As mentioned in my previous newsletter, we will be having our Christmas lunch on 14th December 2015 at Tortworth Court. Many of you have expressed an interest in attending our Christmas lunch and I can now confirm that the cost of the lunch w...

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07-09-2015 09:40:18 in General by Admin
Dear Members, Welcome to our third newsletter – and as I write, autumn certainly seems to be upon us! Firstly, a huge “thank you” to all who have come to one of our support groups. Numbers continue to increase every meeting and feedback has been very positive. I think we all benefit from our conversations! Speaking as one of the team that run the group, it is very helpful for ...

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18-08-2015 15:49:12 in General by Admin
On 5th August 2015, Clare Brisland attended the support group's meeting in Whitminster to provide advice to members on the changes to Government benefits and what is available to those suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Maggie’s Centre is a charity which provides psychological, emotional and financial support to those  who have been diagnosed with cancer...

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29-07-2015 12:32:29 in General by Admin
Summer is well under way now and I can’t believe I have been in post for three months! It has been a real privilege to meet so many of you and the health professionals looking after you. Action Mesothelioma Day on July 3rd was well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by all. We were so lucky with the weather and the doves gave a beautiful display as they disappeared into the distance, signify...

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30-06-2015 21:01:18 in General by Admin
It was lovely to see so many of you at our last support group meeting at Cadbury Garden Centre. The afternoon started with a short introductory talk about Mesothelioma UK and the work that it does, followed by "Top Tips for getting the most out of your treatment and care”. Feedback was very positive, so we hope to build on this format of "talk and chat" in the future. A big “Thank you&...

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15-06-2015 10:08:49 in General by Admin
Support group members met at Cadbury Garden Centre on 20th May 2015 for a buffet lunch and a helpful talk from Clinical Nurse Specialist and Mesothelioma UK Nurse, Gerry Slade. The event was well attended with some new members, which was great to see. After some lunch and a chat amongst members, Gerry provided her ‘TOP TIPS for getting the most out of your treatment and care’ to the m...

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12-05-2015 18:29:55 in General by Admin
Welcome to our first BBAFS newsletter of 2015! We plan to make this a quarterly feature for the Group to keep you updated. Firstly I would like to introduce myself. My name is Gerry Slade (Gerry short for Geraldine!) and I have recently taken on the role of Mesothelioma UK Nurse Specialist for the South West! Many of you will have met Liz Darlison, Nurse Consultant for Mesothelioma UK. An inspir...

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12-04-2015 20:22:28 in General by Admin
Members of Bristol & Beyond Asbestos Family Support held their 5th Annual Patient and Carer Conference at Bristol Zoo Gardens on 20th March 2015 Ginny Chalmers welcomed members and their families to this popular event to hear speakers sharing practical and encouraging advice on lifestyle and health for people with asbestos related diseases as well as enjoying valuable social time. Gerry Sla...

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27-01-2015 11:53:23 in General by Admin
Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme   What is the scheme?   The Government have now introduced a new payment scheme to help mesothelioma sufferers who are able to prove that they were negligently exposed to asbestos at work but who cannot trace an employer or insurer and are therefore unable to claim compensation. The scheme is funded by the insurance industry and started making paym...

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25-10-2013 15:38:55 in General by Admin
Members attended Mesothelioma UK’s Annual Patient and Carer Day on 5th October 2013 in Leicester. It was an informative and inspiring day, with medical professionals discussing the clinical trials that are taking place for the treatment of mesothelioma.   Visit www.mesothelioma.uk.com and clinicaltrials.gov for information on clinical trials.   Patients gave inspiring talks abo...

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25-10-2013 15:35:15 in General by Admin
On Friday 13th September 2013 BBAFS members attended a multidisciplinary conference at the MShed in Bristol hosted by Lyons Davidson Solicitors to consider the role of lung fibre counts and post mortems following the death of a mesothelioma sufferer.   Around 75 delegates were in attendance. Delegates and speakers included respiratory consultants, coroners, specialist lung cancer nurses, ba...

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18-10-2012 18:16:58 in General by Admin
Members attended Mesothelioma UK's Patient & Carer Day 2012 on 6 October 2012.  It was an extremely positive day with medical professionals providing an update on clinical trials that are taking place and also different treatments available to patients.   Jan Egerton gave an inspiring talk about her fight against mesothelioma since 2004, describing the illness as a "man-made cancer...

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13-09-2012 10:32:19 in General by Admin
£300m Support for Future Mesothelioma Vicitms 26th July 2012Newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma will recieve help through a newsupport scheme the Minister of Welfare Lord Freud and the Association ofBritish Insurers (ABI) have announced. Please click here for moreinformation.   http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2012/jul-2012/dwp085-12.shtml

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27-04-2012 09:39:26 in General by Admin
Friday, 6 July 2012 – Action Mesothelioma Day.   Bristol and Beyond Asbestos Family Support met on 6th July 2012 to promote Action Mesothelioma Day. Action Mesothelioma Day is a National event aimed at promoting awareness of the ongoing dangers of asbestos. The event was held at the M Shed, a new Harbourside museum celebrating Bristol's industrial past. Fifty people assembled to remem...

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27-04-2012 09:39:01 in General by Admin
Wednesday, 2 May 2012 – South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (the old Filton College).    Invitation from the students and staff to meet at the College for coffee, socialising and sandwiches and to launch this website which has been designed free for us by The SMARTER WEB COMPANY – thank you so much! 

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27-04-2012 09:30:43 in General by Admin
Over Christmas 2011 one of our members suffering from mesothelioma travelled to Australia with her husband.  Here is a link to an article that they wrote with helpful tips for travelling with an illness.  Alan_and_Maggie_Bakers_trip_to_Australia.pdf

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27-04-2012 09:29:46 in General by Admin
Liz Darlison, Macmillan Nurse Consultant for Mesothelioma UK spoke at the March Study day held at Bristol Zoo.  Liz has provided a copy of her talk but unfortunately due to the size of the document, I am unable to add this to the website.  If you would like a copy, please contact Rachael Wilson.   

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