Friday, 1 August 2014

Walk a Mile for Mesothelioma

This year we are launching what we hope will become an annual event – Walk a Mile for Mesothelioma. We are encouraging people who want to support DAST and publicise the effects of Mesothelioma to take a short stroll.  Gentle exercise is recommended to those suffering from asbestos related diseases, and we hope that people affected can also join in with this event, choosing a suitable route through a local park. By wearing our DAST logo vests, telling others about their walk and collecting sponsors it can help to raise the profile of our work.  If you want to organise a walk, then contact Sarah on and ask for a sponsor pack.  You can hold your walk where ever you choose – an online map provider can help measure out a mile long route.  It doesn’t need to be exactly one mile either – no-one’s checking!

Here at the DAST office, we are also planning our own walk.  We are holding this in Nottingham and we hope that a few locals will be able to come along and join us.  Sarah and Joanne will definitely be there and possibly a couple of our volunteers too.  This will be a great opportunity for our Nottinghamshire supporters to get together for a ramble and a chat, and to raise a bit of sponsor money at the same time.  We have chosen to hold the walk at the Forest Recreation Ground, because it has its own tramstop and there is ample parking. There is also a pavilion with toilets and a café.  This will serve as our meeting point on Friday 5th September.  We will begin gathering at 10.30 and will start the walk at 11.00, making two small circuits of the park, which passes the pavilion again at the halfway point if you only feel up to half a mile. Weather permitting, bring a picnic or alternatively you can visit the café afterwards.

If you want to come and join us in Nottingham, again contact Sarah for your sponsor forms and just to let us know that you are coming so that we can look out for you.

This is proving to be a popular choice of event with around a dozen walks being set up already.  We have also received several donations sponsoring Sarah and Joanne for their Nottingham walk. Thank you to everyone taking part. Let’s make Walk a Mile for Mesothelioma  DAST’s big event!