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I was convinced I was going to die

"It was so surreal. I was convinced I was going to die"

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1 in 4 women are not attending their smear tests. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust have relaunched their Salons Supporting Screening campaign to encourage salons, spas, mobile salons and all, to get involved in fundraising and raising awareness. 

Paint, shape, cut or crop. Could your spa donate £3 from a treatment to Jo’s? 

£3 can help us to provide a free information pack to educate and encourage more women to attend their potentially life-saving cervical screening.

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Mandy Jones, salon owner and ambassador for Salons Supporting Screening tells us her story and how spas and salons can get involved:

I went along to the doctor for something unrelated in 2017 and, after some prompting, booked in for a screening appointment. I had no idea that this appointment would uncover that I had cervical cancer at the age of 37. It was so surreal. I was convinced I was going to die.

After getting the all clear in 2018, I set about raising awareness and fundraising for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, so what I went through is prevented from happening to other women. I found that the salon is the perfect place to start conversations about all things cervical. They are often simple discussions but they can really make the difference in helping someone get answers to their questions or letting them know about Jo’s.

I joined the ‘Salons Supporting Screening’ community to raise awareness as well as vital funds for Jo’s. The charity were literally my life line and raising money for them means that they can be there for more women like me when we really need someone to talk to. Their work to prevent cervical cancers is so important and I’m really pleased my salon can support it.

How to get involved

The hard bit is already done for you, salons and spas are the perfect starting place to raise funds and start talking about cervical screening:

  • Network of women? Check!
  • Open and welcoming environment? Check!
  • Regular attendees? Check!
  • It can be as simple as having a poster and a collection box to start supporting Jo’s.

Frequently asked questions

How do I answer my client’s questions on cervical screening?

That’s where we can help! We know you aren’t a medical professional and we don’t expect you to give out medical advice. What you can do is start a conversation, signpost to us and raise funds to enable us to reach more women. Order our free information materials to pass on to clients to get accurate information or direct them to our helpline 0808 802 8000.

How can I get more help and ideas?

Get in touch with the fundraising team at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust for support on  or give us a call on 0203 096 8100.


Find out more information here on our website and read Mandy’s full blog here.

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Thursday, 06 August 2020