Stormont event in memory of Sorcha

Sorcha Glenn.
Sorcha Glenn.

A cervical cancer awareness event is to be staged in Stormont in memory of Derry woman Sorcha Glenn.

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin will host the event next week.

Sorcha Glenn died from cervical cancer at just 22 years old. She was diagnosed in September 2013, but was refused a smear test despite her own concerns because she was under 25. Later, despite undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, Sorcha died.

Her family have since been campaigning for Sorcha’s dying wish- that her story would allow women to access smear tests even if they are under the age of 25- to become a reality.

Since her death they released a hard hitting video about Sorcha’s life.

Ms McLaughlin said: “The tragic death last year of Derry woman Sorcha Glenn at just 23 years-old highlights the devastating impact cervical cancer can have on families and communities.

“Too many woman of all ages are dying as a result of cervical cancer.

“It is vitally important that women are aware of the signs of cervical cancer and seek treatment as soon as possible.

“I will be hosting an awareness event at Stormont on Tuesday November 24 at 2.30pm to remember Sorcha and to make people aware of the dangers of cervical cancer.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the event to raise awareness of this cancer.”

In the wake of Sorcha’s death, the former Derry City Council called on then Health Minister Jim Wells to lower the age limit for cervical screening.

Despite a mounting campaign and thousands of people signing a petition towards this end, the Department for Health has not lowered the age, claiming that current practice was informed by the “best available scientific evidence”.