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Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities, has won a GSK IMPACT Award, which includes £30,000 in unrestricted funding. The organisation beat over 350 charities to win the accolade, which recognises excellence among organisations working in health and wellbeing.
Every day up to three women die from cervical cancer in the UK, with a further eight being diagnosed, despite the disease being largely preventable through cervical screening or vaccination. Jo's works to improve understanding of the causes of the disease and raises awareness of cervical screening, a simple test that identifies changes in the cervical cells before they develop into cancer. Research commissioned by the charity found that increasing the amount of eligible women being screened to 85 per cent, from its current rate of 78 per cent, would mean that deaths from cervical cancer would drop by over a quarter in just five years. This could also save the NHS an estimated £9 million annually.
Jo's works to raise the profile of cervical cancer in a variety of ways including social media campaigns like '#SmearForSmear' and events for cervical cancer survivors like 'Let's Meet' which include keynote speakers and workshops. The charity also helps family members and partners of those affected by cervical cancer. The charity also supports those affected through a free helpline, regional support groups, and online support including an 'Ask an Expert' confidential advice portal for anyone with a question relating to cervical cancer and prevention.
The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King's Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based healthcare charities. In addition to the recognition and funding, Jo's will receive access to training and development provided by The King's Fund, worth an estimated £6,000. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The Network supports more than 60 award-winning charities with the opportunity to develop their leaders, share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, and build the recognition of their contribution to their communities.
The charity will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 14th May, along with the other nine winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in unrestricted funding, will be revealed on the night.
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said:
"We're absolutely thrilled to have won this prestigious award. The charity has made great strides in recent years and to be recognised for this work by an accolade that is the benchmark in the charity health sector is fantastic. As a small charity both the financial reward and free training will be hugely invaluable as we look to have an even greater impact moving forward."
Lisa Weaks, Third Sector Manager at The King's Fund said:
"The drive and accomplishments of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are very impressive. The breadth and depth of its activity is striking given the size of the organisation. Its exemplary use of social media is one way in which it is working hard to reach those that most need its services. Its dedication and achievements deserve this recognition."
A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners included broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King's Fund.
For more information on the GSK IMPACT Awards go to www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards