Mercedes Curnow: Petition delivered to Downing Street
A petition with 120,000 signatures has been delivered to Downing Street on behalf of a Cornish girl who died of cervical cancer aged 23.
The Mercedes Curnow Foundation petition calls for the age of cervical smear tests to be reduced from 25 to 20.
Mercedes Curnow died in December, but her mother, Sandra Cousins, feels she may have lived if she had been tested.
Ms Curnow had said she wanted the age of cervical smear tests reduced and had collected the first signature.
Ms Cousins said: "We are totally overwhelmed, it's just unbelievable that we have gone out and got signatures and raised amazing amounts of awareness in 15 weeks.
"Before Mercedes died she had one signature because she wanted to have the age lowered, so after her death I decided to do what she wanted and I set up the foundation and it just took off."
The foundation is hopeful that 120,000 signatures will force a parliamentary debate.'Momentous occasion'
Ms Cousins said: "We're hoping to keep the pressure on for the age to be lowered and if necessary we'll do it all again.
"It's amazing really. There are some people that are going to visit Mercedes' grave today because while it's a momentous occasion for everyone who was involved, it's also a sad day."
In England, women aged 25 to 49 are invited to undergo a cervical smear test every three years.
The test can detect abnormal cells in the neck of the womb which, if treated early, can stop cancer from developing.