Choir’s concert in aid of campaign for cancer tests


A Polegate choir held a concert to raise money for a campaign fighting for smear tests for younger women after a 26-year-old woman died from cervical cancer.

The South Downs Singers held the concert An evening of British Classics on Saturday (April 18) at St John’s Church in Polegate.

It was to 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.

The concert raised £800 for the campaign.

Kelly Richards from the South Downs Singers said, “The concert was very good and well attended. We had a full house. Our musical director Louise Morris who is the head of music at Bede’s performed a duet Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber with a fine young soloist who is a Bede’s old girl, Georgia Mae Ellis. The choir performed well.”

• If you would like to join the South Downs Singers or would like more information about the singing group, which is based in Polegate, visit its website at http://www.southdowns