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It's our birthday! 20 years of Jo's in 20 facts

Posted on: Saturday, 20th June 2020 by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust team

Jo's turns 21 this weekend! This year may not have turned out how we thought it would at the start of our anniversay year. It's been a tough few months and we're sad we can't raise a glass together, however we're still celebrating and looking back on what we have achieved together in our 20 years. 

Thanks to your amazing support and fundraising, we hope we'll be here for many more years in the future, supporting everyone affected by cervical cancer and continuing to make the world a better place for our community. Here's to the next 20 years!

Here are 20 things you may not have known about Jo's...

Who are we?


This is the 20th year of our charity, but did you know that our name has only been Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust since 2010? Before that, we were simply ‘Jo’s Trust’


We were set up by just one man, James Maxwell, who founded Jo’s in memory of his wife Jo Maxwell. She passed away after having cervical cancer in 1999


There are 23 of us working behind the scenes at Jo’s - our office is in London but we have 3 staff in Scotland and several who work from home around the country

We give support


Our Helpline began in 2011, 9 years ago. Since then we have taken around 10,500 calls


Since 2011, we have trained almost 100 people to volunteer on our Helpline


Our annual support and information day, Let’s Meet, first took place in 2004 - that means there have been 16 Let’s Meets


We’ve taken our local support events ‘Mini Meet’ to 5 different cities so far. This will be the first year we run support events online!


Our support events have brought over 500 people affected by cervical cancer together.


We’ve had 35,000 people sign up to use our Forum, to connect with others and support each other through hard times


Our Ask the Expert service is made up of a panel of 59 experts who give up their time to help answer questions 


We have taken 14,000 enquiries using this service!

We fundraise


Our sponsored walk/run Steps for Jo’s started in 2008! This is the first year it’s gone virtual  


We’ve been part of Women V Cancer for 9 years (since 2011), where every year hundreds of incredible women take on overseas treks and cycles to raise funds for 3 women’s cancer charities!


Over 1000 amazing Facebook fundraisers have raised over £107,000 for us

We help to educate and raise awareness


Over 1.5 million people have downloaded or ordered our health information resources 


Our #SmearForSmear campaign has been running for 6 years, reaching millions of people every year during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week in January


We’ve reached over 22,000 people through our public health outreach work, spreading the word about cervical health


We’ve been supported by 202 Trusts and Foundations


We’ve worked with 500 GP surgeries in London, Manchester and Glasgow to help them reduce barriers to cervical screening


We have delivered training to over 3000 healthcare professionals 

We've achieved a lot together in 20 years but we won't stop until cervical cancer is a thing of the past. Donating to Jo's today could help us get to that day faster. 

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