Fundraiser for cancer campaign in Polegate

Dawn Weston
Dawn Weston

A Polegate choir will hold a concert to raise money for a charity campaigning for smear tests for younger women after a 26-year-old woman died from cervical cancer.

The South Downs Singers will hold the concert ‘An evening of British classics’ on April 18 at St John’s Church in Polegate.

It will raise funds for campaign The Dawn Effect, supported by St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The campaign was launched after Dawn Weston, 26, from Eastbourne, died of cervical cancer on May 22 last year.

She went to her doctor with severe back pain, which is a symptom of cervical cancer, but campaigners claim because she was only 24 at the time she was refused a smear test.

Smear tests are not available on the NHS to women under the age of 25.

Dawn and her fiance brought their wedding forward from July 2014 until January 2014 as Dawn wanted to marry her partner Daniel.

A spokeswoman for the South Downs Singers said: “Dawn’s dying wish was for her family to work to change the law to save other families going through what she, and her newly wed husband and family, suffered.

“She wanted something positive to come out of her terminal diagnosis. Daniel and Dawn’s family are campaigning tirelessly to bring awareness of the disease to young women, and to try and lower the age of screening.

“The South Downs Singers are hoping to add to the funds of the campaign which is supported by St Wilfrid’s Hospice, where Dawn passed away.

The concert starts at 7.30pm at St John’s Church. Tickets are £8. To buy tickets call 01323 832767.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the cause, you can either make a donation, or alternatively buy a ticket which organisers will ensure is given to someone who may not be in a position to purchase one of his or her own, but would enjoy attending the concert.

To do this call the number above (01323 832767).

The spokeswoman added: “Let’s make this a great success for Dawn’s memory.”

The South Downs Singers are a local choir based at Polegate with several choir members from Cowbeech.

Each year they perform concerts for worthy charities, and in the past have raised considerable amounts of money for these causes, through the generosity of the local people.

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