The popular Walk for Fun is back in the North West this year following its most successful fundraising event in 2013 reaching £12,000 raised for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Local resident and cervical cancer patient Louise Hassall alongside gynae-CNS Helen Savage are calling on others to join them on 14th June in Dunham Massey Park at 8.30am for this year’s walk.
The annual sponsored 5k walk marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week (8-14 June).
Adam Long, currently starring in BBC1’s Happy Valley will be starting the Manchester walk on the 14th.
He has had first hand experience of the impact a cervical cancer diagnosis can have on a family as his step-mum had to be treated for the disease.
Louise and Helen met whilst Louise was being treated for cervical cancer at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.
Both volunteer for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust as support group leaders for Manchester.
Their aim is to raise £15,000 this year to commemorate Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s 15th anniversary.
In 2010 Louise was diagnosed with cervical cancer after experiencing symptoms and having dropped off the cervical cancer database at her GP due to a hysterectomy in 2002 that left behind only her cervix.
When the cancer was detected it had already spread to Louise’s pelvic wall and she had to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy and radical surgery in 2011 which removed the cancerous cells.
However, in May 2012 Louise received the devastating news that the cancer had returned and was now incurable.
“Now, more than ever, it is important to me to raise awareness of cervical cancer, its symptoms and the importance of cervical screening. Ladies should never put off their screening and should be aware of the importance of attending them.”
“Walk for Fun has been an absolute fantastic event in previous years with just over 150 participants taking part last year and raising over £12,000 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. It’s just great to get everyone in the community together and have a fun day out.”
“Many patients say that they are too embarrassed to have a smear test even though it is only five minutes of your life every three to five years – please remember five minutes is nothing compared to being told that you have cervical cancer. Prevention is the key.”
Walk for Fun is a great way for the whole family to fundraise and raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of cervical screening.
In 2013 Walk for Fun across the UK raised over £30,000.
Proceeds from the walks go to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only dedicated cervical cancer charity offering support and information for those affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said:
“Every day nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three women will lose their battle to the disease.
Yet cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the cervical screening programme which saves around 5,000 lives every year.”
“Walk for Fun is a fantastic opportunity for the public to not only make a difference to the lives touched by cervical cancer but crucially to help prevent many more lives from being touched by the disease.
For many who join us on the day it’s also an opportunity to remember those who have sadly lost their battle to the disease.”
For more information or to sign up for the Walk for Fun in Dunham Massey Park, on the 14th June 2014 go to www.jostrust.org.uk/walkforfun or contact Judith Witting – Judith@jostrust.org.uk
You can also call 020 7250 8311.