Join us in lobbying MPs around the UK and asking them to focus their efforts on increasing the uptake of cervical screening in your local area.
We've put together a draft letter that you can personalise and send to your MP, AM (if you live in Wales) or MSP (if you live in Scotland) to ask them to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22 - 28 January 2018).
You’ll need to find out who your MP / AM / MSP is (details on how to do this are below), and find their contact email address or postal address from their website.
Then copy and paste the letter below to an email, add your personal details and send it to your representative. Please keep us updated with any response you get by emailing [email protected]
How to contact your local candidate
England: Find out who your MP is: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Scotland: Find out who your MSP is: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps.aspx
Wales: Find out who your AM is: http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/memhome.aspx
NAME OF MP / AM / MSP
ADDRESS OR EMAIL ADDRESS
Dear NAME OF MP / AM / MSP,
I live in your constituency at [INSERT ADDRESS]. I support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities and I am writing to you ask for your support during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, 22nd – 28th January 2018.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust raises awareness about how cervical cancer can be prevented and campaigns for best care and treatment. [INSERT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REASONS FOR SUPPORTING THE CHARITY]
As you may know, cervical screening uptake is at a 20-year low with more than a quarter of women not taking up their screening appointment. This means that more women are being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
I am passionate about the need to raise awareness about the importance of screening, and believe that more should be done in local areas to encourage women to attend their appointments.
I would be grateful if you could show your support for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week by raising the issue with the local newspapers, in your newsletters and by supporting the week on social media. Suggested tweets from @JosTrust are:
Cervical screening attendance is at a 20 year low in England. I’m supporting @jotrust’s #SmearForSmear campaign during cervical cancer prevention week to spread the message that smear tests save lives http://bit.ly/2jLmwNM
Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing yet 1 in 4 women don’t attend when invited. I'm supporting @jostrust #SmearForSmear to spread the message that smear tests save lives http://bit.ly/2hR0xWX
Thank you for your support.
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