‘I can’t thank people enough’- Sorcha’s mum

Pictured at last year's Foyle Hospice walk are Sorcha (centre) and her mum Christina. Also pictured are (far right) Louise Kyle and (far left) Lauren Kyle, family friends.
Pictured at last year's Foyle Hospice walk are Sorcha (centre) and her mum Christina. Also pictured are (far right) Louise Kyle and (far left) Lauren Kyle, family friends.

The mother of a Derry woman whose dying wish was for smear tests to be made available on demand to women under the age of 25, has said she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the outpouring of support which helped ensure this issue will be discussed by the UK Parliament.

Christina Glenn’s 23 year old daughter Sorcha died last year following a 13 month battle with cervical cancer.

Following her death her family have fought to continue her campaign to try and ensure no other family endures the loss they have.

This weekend, with just two days to go until the deadline for collecting the 100,000 signatures needed to bring the matter before parliament, a massive social media campaign ensured the target was smashed.

“The whole weekend has just taken my breath away,” Christina said. “I have been in tears. I am so glad for Orlagh - Sorcha’s sister who set up the petition - and for all those who have worked behind the scenes for #TeamSorcha.

“It was Sorcha’s dying wish and we would have done everything we could to make it happen for her.

“Saying thank you to the people of Derry and all the people who signed doesn’t seem enough. But it is all I have to offer. If I had stronger words I would use them.

“From the very bottom of all our hearts, I thank you all.”

The petition issue will now go forward for discussion to the Backbench Committee in the House of Commons.