AFTER losing her sister to cervical cancer, Julie Hibbert was determined to raise awareness and as much money as she could to support those going through a similar situation.
Julie, of Gosport, is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust by leading a ‘Steps for Jo’s’ event.
The 5k walk is open to the general public and marks the start of Cervical Screening Awareness Week (June 15 to 21).
Julie is hoping that others will join her for the event on Saturday, June 13 in Salterns Road and that the walks will help raise awareness of the most common cancer in women under 35.
Julie lost her sister, Angela Tugwell, to cervical cancer in November 2013 and since then, alongside Angela’s husband Ted, and family and friends has been fundraising and raising awareness for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
She said: ‘It was devastating to see someone so close to you being diagnosed and pass away.
‘Steps for Jo’s is a great way to raise funds and awareness of cervical cancer, prevention and the support the charity offers, which Angela was very grateful for while being treated.
‘Last year’s event was the first year I organised a walk, less than a year after Angela’s death.
‘It was quite emotional for us but also a day for everyone attending to celebrate those women who have beaten the disease.
‘The event was a great success and I look forward to welcoming everyone who wants to join us on the day and help us take a step towards a future free from cervical cancer.’
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: ‘Angela’s story is tragic but the strength that Julie and her family and friends have found to fundraise for Jo’s is truly inspiring.
‘We look forward to welcoming the Gosport community to this event run by Julie.’
More information and details on how to sign up for Steps for Jo’s in Gosport can be found by visiting the website at jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise/walking/steps-jos