Tom Biggs

Class of 2008 bike ride

Fundraising for Mesothelioma UK
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Event: London to Brighton Cycle 2023, on 10 September 2023
In memory of Tony Jackman
Mesothelioma UK

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As pals from our school days, we decided to take on a challenge in 2023 and are cycling from London to Brighton on 10 September (which is also Tom Shellard’s birthday!). As part of this we, are raising money for Mesothelioma UK and raising awareness of Mesothelioma.

Awareness of mesothelioma is limited, however unfortunately I’ve had a few dealings with the disease, with my Grandad, Tony Jackman, being diagnosed with and passing away from the disease in 2020. Other friends and extended family have unfortunately also suffered from the disease.

We’re pedalling in memory of Grandad, as well as others dear to us who we miss each day.

Tom B, Charlie, Elliott, Tom S and Dan

An extract from Mesothelioma UK’s website is below as well as a link to their website where you can find more information:

In the UK, over 2,700 per year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is also known as ‘diffuse’ or ‘malignant’ mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium.

The mesothelium is a thin membrane that lines the inner surface of: 

  • The chest wall, where it is known as the pleura 
  • The abdomen where it is known as the peritoneum 
  • The testicles

The mesothelium also surrounds organs within these cavities for example the heart, lungs and intestines. It is far more common to have mesothelioma in the chest than in the abdomen. There is approximately one case of peritoneal mesothelioma to every 12 cases of pleural mesothelioma. 

Mesothelioma is more common in men than in women and nearly half of the people diagnosed with the disease are over 75 years old.  

Exposure to asbestos is responsible for up to 9 out of 10 mesothelioma cases. There are thought to be other rare causes of the disease but none are fully understood at this time.

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Mesothelioma UK

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We are the national charity for anyone affected by mesothelioma. A preventable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Your generous donations allow us to support people with mesothelioma to live better, longer and to prevent mesothelioma happening to future generations.

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