Dignity in Dying have held a meeting in Nottingham to discuss ways of promoting the cause in and around the City.
The national campaign group came to Nottingham calling for assisted dying for the terminally ill to be made legal.
Among the supporters was Tim Bell, 69 from Sherwood, a cancer patient and a member of the group.
Mr Bell was recently diagnosed with cancer and said: “Sooner or later it’s going to get me.”
Many attending the meeting agreed with the campaign with cancer patients expressing their right to have a say in their death.
“I should have the choice of the manner and timing over my own death.”
TIM BELL, LIVING WITH CANCER
He said: “I think the current law is a mess, it does not allow me the autonomy that I would like to have in the last few months of my life, whenever that is”
He called for a change in the law that would allow him “the right to die and to die with dignity” at a time of his own choice in the last six months of his life.
He said: “I have benefited hugely from the National Health Service in Nottingham and I’m only here today because of tremendous advances in cancer treatment.”
“I’m very grateful for what the doctors have done but the choice that I’ve had should be carried right the way through and I should have the choice of the manner and timing over my own death.”
Video: Tim Bell says he wants to make the choice
He wishes to be able to “die typically at home, surrounded by my loved ones, before I disappear into a morphine induced haze that lingers on for some time, which is a classic way that people with terminal cancer choose to end their lives, I don’t choose that.”
Ellie Ball, Media and Campaigns Officer for Dignity in Dying, said: “We’re campaigning for a change in the law to allow assisted dying to be an option for terminally ill people.”
“It’s a national campaign but we have groups all around the country who help campaign locally.”
“Nottingham is one of our newest ones, we’re really trying to encourage more people to get involved.”
Ellie Ball, Media and Campaigns officer for Dignity in Dying
Here’s the reaction on social media:
Part of spreading the message; 82% of UK approve of assisted dying. https://t.co/5NVtni4vhy
— Chris McGrath (@chrismcg21) January 26, 2017
When the time comes, I hope to have assisted dying for myself here in the uk. With NHS cuts & our living longer, it's only common sense. https://t.co/jbqIwrXpYl
— Jenny Jones (@GreenJennyJones) February 24, 2017