Walkers step up the fight in Faye’s memory

About to set off on the charity walk from The Horse and Jockey, Highroad Well, to Hebden Bridge, in memory of Faye Knowles-Chapman, who died of cancer
About to set off on the charity walk from The Horse and Jockey, Highroad Well, to Hebden Bridge, in memory of Faye Knowles-Chapman, who died of cancer

Family and friends of a Lightcliffe dancer and choreographer who died of cervical cancer completed an eight-mile walk to raise awareness of the disease with the hope of saving lives.

Faye Knowles-Chapman, who died last March at the age of 24, faced a long battle to persuade doctors to take her illness seriously and refer her for tests.

Since her death, her parents Eileen and Richard have campaigned for the lower age limit for cervical cancer screening to be lowered. A foundation which was set up in her name has now been given charitable status and has raised £13,000.

The walk from the Horse and Jockey pub in Halifax to the Old Gate pub in Hebden Bridge was completed by 80 members of Faye’s family and friends.

Rebecca Culpan, Faye’s cousin, said: “Last year we did the walk to try and raise funds for private treatment for Faye. But this year we have done it, and set up a foundation, to try and save young girls by paying for smear tests for under 25s.

“Even if we only save one girl it will be completely worth it. We want to make people aware of the need to get checked. If one girl has got all the symptoms and the NHS won’t pay for a smear test then we will pay for them to go and get private screening.”

As well as raising funds, theFaye Knowles-Chapman Foundation has distributed a number of posters informing women of the symptoms of cervical cancer and encouraging them to get their health checked. The posters have been displayed in pubs, clubs and gyms around Calderdale.

Rebecca paid tribute to her cousin’s courage. “She was an amazing person and an absolute fighter. She was an inspiration to everyone.

“Organising the walk was hard work but Faye would have been very proud of what we are doing.”

The foundation is planning a summer fair and ball later in the year. For more information email fkchapmanfoundation@hotmail.co.uk