THE Bucks Advertiser is today stepping up its Jen's Final Wish campaign by calling on the public to sign a petition to have the age of compulsory cervical cancer screening reduced.
Currently in England, all women who are 25 and over are sent regular invites to be screened for the disease - Amersham woman Jen Goodridge died at 24.
In Scotland and Wales however, letters are sent out for compulsory screening when women turn 20, so we are continuing the campaign we launched with Jen and her family's full backing by asking you to support the push to lobby the government and the Department of Health to do so in England too.
Please go to the Jen's Final Wish campaign page on Facebook and click on the petition link in the comments to add your support.
Once we have attracted a sizeable number of signatures we will then call on Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan and Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve to present the petition to the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP.
On the petition, Jen's brother, David Sidebottom, who promised his sister he would not rest until the age was reduced, said: "I called the director of Jo's Trust (cervical cancer charity) recently to ask him how we could keep the campaign in the public eye and he said petitions do work and are a great way of continuing the publicity.
"So I urge people to sign it and then we can keep the pressure up on the government and make sure they are aware of the support for it."
Jen died on August 31 after a two-year battle with cervical cancer. She married her long-term sweetheart Tony Goodridge in January after she was told the illness was terminal.
A bright, vivacious girl with a deep passion for art, Jen's life was tragically cut short - by signing the petition you will be helping to keep our campaign in the public eye and hopefully prevent others dying prematurely.
The Advertiser will accompany Mr Goodridge and Mr Sidebottom to meet Mrs Gillan tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the campaign further.