AS the family of Eastham teenager Sophie Jones prepare to take their fight to Parliament, one Wirral mum hopes her date with the dubbers will help to raise awareness of the horrible disease that led to the 19-year-old’s death.
Wallasey mum-of-three Lisa Kewley said farewell to her full head of hair on Saturday when she shaved it all off to raise money for Wirral Hospice St John’s.
The decision came after the death former South Wirral High School student Sophie, who died from cervical cancer on March 15.
She was diagnosed with the disease in November but medical professionals told the aspiring model that she was too young to have contracted it, putting her severe stomach pains down to Crohn’s disease.
It was only when she was admitted to hospital when her condition worsened, that doctors discovered Sophie’s cancer had already spread.
Speaking to the Globe ahead of the charity head shave, 36-year-old Lisa said: “I didn’t know Sophie but when I heard about her I felt a desperate need to do something."
Wallasey mum-of-three Lisa Kewley before her date with the dubbers.
She added: “It is so important to draw attention to the devastation of Sophie and her family and also of St John’s Hospice and the work they do.”
Lisa suffers from Fibromyalgia Syndrome, which affects her nervous system, joints and muscles and means she must use a combination of crutches and a wheelchair to get around.
That meant she was unable to take part in a sponsored walk or parachute jump and instead settled on shaving her head.
Lisa has been fundraising via Facebook, as well as handing out sponsor forms door-to-door, and hopes to raise as much money as possible for the hospice which helps so many across the peninsula.
Her close shave took place at Jeanette’s Barbers in Poulton Road, where her children have been having their own cut for more than 10 years.
Wirral St John’s Hospice praised Lisa for her fundraising efforts.
The support of Lisa's family has been crucial in her fundraising.
In a post on Facebook, the hospice said: “Supporter Lisa Kewley very bravely shaved her head on Saturday, April 26 at Jeanette’s Barbers in aid of Wirral Hospice.
“Not in the slightest bit nervous, Lisa embraced the challenge wholeheartedly and finished confidently with a big smile on her face.
“Thank you so much for your amazing support Lisa.”
Following Sophie’s death last month, more than 320,000 people signed a petition calling for a debate on the failures that led to her death.
Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham presented the petition to Parliament on Tuesday, with a debate due to take place on Thursday.
Only 100,000 signatures are needed for a debate to be considered and Sophie’s petition – with 321,771 signatures – has secured more support than any other in the government’s e-petition website’s history.
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern has spoken out in support of a debate, as has Prime Minister David Cameron who said something had gone “seriously wrong” and vowed to help find out why Sophie was failed so badly.
The lower age limit for routine testing in England is currently 25 but Sophie’s family hope it will be lowered to 20.
No-one under 20 died from the disease between 2009 and 2011 according to figures from Cancer Research UK, meaning Sophie is one of the youngest women to die from the cancer.
The age limit was reviewed by ministers five years ago after Jade Goody contracted cervical cancer.