Plymouth calendar will raise funds for support group
A SUPPORT group for people affected by Mesothelioma and a Plymouth photographic club have united to produce a calendar.
iPlymouth and South West Mesothelioma Support Group hope to raise money and awareness.
The collaboration was initiated by a member of both groups whose father had the disease but sadly passed away at St Luke's Hospice in August.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer affecting the mesothelium; the lining protecting many internal organs. It is often caused by exposure to asbestos.
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Debbie Brewer, a member of the support group who suffers from Mesothelioma, said: "It is important that we get awareness out there about how dangerous asbestos is. Because the symptoms don't arise for 10-50 years the dangers aren't immediately apparent."
Local businesses also joined the effort with RedRok printing the calendar, Martin Luck donating envelopes and Cutlass Engineering, the managing director of which suffers from Mesothelioma, paying around £1,500 for the printing.
Jamie Quinn, the iPlymouth member and cartographer at Plymouth University who designed the calendar said: "The iPlymouth members donated their photos without charge and I designed the calendar for free. Combined with sponsors' generosity this ensured that all the money went to charity."
All the calendar's photographs were taken by local photographers and depict many beautiful scenes from the local area.
They are available from iPlymouth's Flickr page. All proceeds go directly to Southwest Mesothelioma Support, which is part of Macmillan Cancer Support. The group plans to use some of the funds to buy equipment for St Luke's hospice.
For more details of the celander contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org