Derry City Council has lent its support to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by turning the lights at Civic Offices on Strand Road, teal during the month of January.
The campaign is being led locally by Team Sorcha, which was set up to raise awareness of cervical screening particularly in the 18-25 year old age group, following the untimely death last year of local girl, Sorcha Glenn who passed away last year following a 13-month battle with cervical cancer.
Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson, who has given her backing to the campaign, said she was delighted Derry City Council was endorsing Team Sorcha’s campaign and doing what it could to raise awareness of the issue.
“I am delighted to be involved in this campaign and to offer support to the Glenn family and everyone involved with Team Sorcha to work together to not only raise awareness of cervical screening in young people, but to enable those who require a smear test to be given one without age discrimination and to reduce the age of screening from 25 years old to 18 years old. The lights of the Council Offices have been turned teal during the month of January in an effort to raise awareness and to encourage more people to get behind the campaign.
“Sorcha was a very brave young woman who fought a very brave battle against the disease. Her story is truly inspirational and I am extremely proud of her family, friends and supporters for the positive way they have dealt with Sorcha’s sad passing by campaigning to ensure no other families endure what they have had to experience.”
Encouraging the public, especially young women, to make themselves familiar with the symptoms of cervical cancer, the Mayor said she hoped as many people as possible would support Team Sorcha. For more information visit - http://www.teamsorcha.com/ or follow on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/teamsorcha