Local woman Suzanne Fernando is asking for the support of Three Towns residents to take steps against cervical cancer by joining her on June 15th at 11:00am in Eglinton Country Park for the ‘Walk for Fun’.
The annual sponsored 5k walk marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week
(June 8th-14th). Suzanne is leading the walk and is passionate about
the cause after facing a diagnosis of cervical cancer herself in 2000.
She explained, “When I was eight-months pregnant with my second daughter
the doctor discovered a tumour in my cervix. Following the birth, I
immediately underwent a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Going through a cancer diagnosis and caring for a newborn was the
Of the ‘Walk for Fun’, Suzanne said, “It is a
positive, uplifting and enjoyable fundraiser to be involved with,
whilst also raising funds for the fantastic work that Jo's Cervical
Cancer Trust does in supporting women affected by this disease and
campaigning for cervical cancer prevention. This is the second time we
have organised a walk at Eglinton Park, raising over £1,000 in 2013.
We’re now hoping to make it bigger and better each year.”
for Fun’ is described as an opportunity for the whole family to
fundraise and raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of
cervical screening. In 2013 the initiative raised over £30,000 across
the UK. 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
Robert Music, Chief Executive of the 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 great way 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
More information on the Eglinton Park ‘Walk for Fun’ is available here.
Alternatively, Judith Witting of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust can be
contacted at Judith@jostrust.org.uk or by calling 0207 250 8311.