Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust - EmberHot's Charity Partner
This is a cause close to my heart. I recently had an abnormal smear result and an HPV diagnosis. I had to have a colposcopy and biopsy taken. The biopsy results were CIN1 and I had to go back for a second colposcopy and a follow up smear six months later. Thankfully I was given the all clear and am fortunate to be able to have free, more frequent smear tests on the amazing NHS.
Alot of the terms I've just written were completely unknown to me before my abnormal smear result. Colposcopy?! Never heard of it. Biopsy?! Sounds terrifying and painful. CIN what now?
Jo's Trust is the leading UK cervical cancer charity and was founded on the hope that everyone would have easy access to the best and most up to date information and medical advice and I'm so thankfully for the information I received. It helped me understand what I could expect during the colposcopy and what would happen if the biopsy showed that removal of the abnormal cells was required.
That's why we are proud to partner with Jo's Trust and offer our lovely customers the option to donate to Jo's as part of the check out process.
I'm blown away by how fortunate we are to have an NHS that looks after us so well, offers cervical screening via the smear testing programme and then any follow up tests and treatment required.
As a charity, Jo's Trust provide information and support to those affected by cell changes and cervical cancer. They actively contribute to campaigns related to the issue such as "Time to Test" which calls on organisations to give employees time to attend cervical screening appointments. Jo's Trust also influences policy where they can and are active in many policy making groups such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women's Health and HPV Action.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust was the concept of London businessman, James Maxwell (1957 – 2003) in memory of his wife, Jo (1959 – 1999) who died from cervical cancer at the age of 40.
Following her diagnosis in 1995, Jo (and James) had difficulty finding good information about every aspect of cervical cancer. Jo had a wish that women affected by cervical cancer would have the opportunity to communicate with others facing similar challenges. The Jo's Trust website has a forum where women can share their stories and help each other feel less alone in what they are going through.
EmberHot has the facility to donate to Jo's Trust as part of the checkout process when you purchase something from EmberHot.co.uk so we can support the amazing work they do.
For more information on cervical screening and cervical cancer, visit jostrust.org.uk