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 efforts to encourage people to attend their cervical screening (smear test), and to help save lives.
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 in helping to raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening (smear tests).
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 help us to raise awareness about cervical screening by:
- Supporting awareness raising work in local media and on social media during Cervical Screening Awareness Week in June 2018 (details TBC)
- Contacting Elisabeth at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, [email protected], for updates about cervical cancer and prevention and local statistics
- [If contacting an MP from a constituency in England, your Health Board if in Scotland and Wales or Trust if in Northern Ireland] Getting in touch with our local authority and CCG to ask them what they are doing to encourage women locally to attend their cervical screening appointments
Further information about cervical cancer prevention can be found at www.jostrust.org.uk.
Thank you for your support.
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