Charity supporters ‘freeze’ themselves in Newcastle – Video

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SUPPORTERS of a Wallsend-based charity have stood frozen in Newcastle’s Northumberland Street to raise awareness about an asbestos related disease.

The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and around 50 supporters of the charity, which works to raise money for research into asbestos related cancer mesothelioma, will stood frozen in position on a wet afternoon.

Those taking part remembered those who have died from the disease and considered victims who are currently suffering from the disease.

There is no cure for mesothelioma, a fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs.

Sufferers often die just months following diagnosis and the north east has a high fatality rate from the disease as a result of the region’s ship building and industrial past.

The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund was set up by Chris Knighton, from Wallsend after her husband died from the disease.

Chris said: “Over the years the public have been extremely generous in their support of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. Many people in the North East who have seen friends and family members suffer from an asbestos related disease will have attended one of our events.

“However, mesothelioma is still a disease which is relatively unknown by other parts of the community. We wanted to try and create an event which would let people who might not have heard of mesothelioma have the opportunity to find out more about it.”

NewsGuardianTV went along to see the ‘freeze’ in action...