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Campaigners at an event in Birmingham signing a pledge to try to get the Government to set up a research programme into the causes and cures of asbestos-related mesothelioma have held a minute's silence for family members who have died from the cancer.
Current patients are also there, hearing from experts including a leading clinician about ongoing medical research into treating mesothelioma.
At the end of the event they will release white doves in Chamberlain Square.
Families of those who have died or are currently battling mesothelioma have gathered in Birmingham to call for more research funding to find a cure for the condition.
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and numbers of those affected are on the rise.