Eight years after Jade’s heartbreaking death, Jackiey is still fighting…
It’s been eight years since Jackiey Budden lost daughter Jade Goody, something no parent should ever have to go through.
We all witnessed – at her request – the final moments of Jade’s battle with cervical cancer. Reality TV made her a star and it was how she wanted to say goodbye to the world.
But what many don’t know is the continued efforts of Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden to get the minimum age for smear tests in women lowered.
‘I’ve been trying to get it down for years now,’ Jackiey explains during a chat with Now magazine. ‘It’s 25+ right now and we can’t even get it down to 21 – but I won’t give up.
‘I went to Downing Street to protest but it only took one man with the authority to say, “No, we’re not putting the age down. Young girls have to learn not to have sex until they’re older”.’
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a major cause of cervical cancer and is spread during intercourse and other sexual activities, and Jackiey slammed the historic views of some in connection with this.
She adds: ‘Those views are disgusting. Unfortunately, these days, girls are having sex at a young age.’
Inspiringly, Jackiey was also part of a group who fought to get young girls access to the HPV vaccine.
‘I went to Ireland and we managed to get 4,400 girls to be able to have the vaccination. We did the same in London and now we’ve got every girl in the UK from 13+ getting the vaccination in secondary school.’
Pick up this week’s Now magazine to read Jackiey’s touching tribute to Jade.