SEPSIS Research FEAT has launched a New Year appeal for more volunteers and fundraisers to help in the fight against sepsis.
The charity is the only one in the UK dedicated to raising funds to support sepsis research while also working to increase awareness of this devastating condition which kills more people than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined.
An estimated 50,000 people in the UK die of sepsis every year. Sepsis Research FEAT funds vital research to find improved treatments for sepsis to help save more lives in future. This includes the pioneering GenOMICC study at The Roslin Institute which researches how our genes can influence our body’s response to serious conditions such as sepsis and COVID and why some people are more likely to become seriously ill or die as a result.
Sepsis Research FEAT also works throughout the year on awareness-raising campaigns to help more people know how to spot the symptoms and seek life-saving medical attention in time. However, as the charity gets no government funding to support its work, it relies on public generosity to sustain its efforts.
Colin Graham, Chief Operating Officer at Sepsis Research FEAT, said:
“New Year is a time when many people make changes to their lives and look for ways to help others. We would be very grateful if one of their resolutions for 2022 is to join us in our fight against sepsis.
“There are a variety of ways you could get involved. We have amazing supporters who volunteer their time to help us spread the word about sepsis and its symptoms through delivering talks in local communities or by sharing their own sepsis stories in the news and online. If you have personal experience of sepsis and would like to tell your story to help others learn about the condition, then please get in touch with us.
“Donations ensure we can continue to fund ground-breaking research into sepsis to save more lives. If you have lost a loved one to sepsis, then you may want to celebrate their life by starting an in-memory fund. You might be using the New Year as a prompt to get your finances in place and part of this could be planning to support a charity. Many workplaces at this time will also be choosing their ‘Charity of the Year’ and I would urge them to consider supporting Sepsis Research FEAT in 2022.
“Taking part in a fundraising challenge or organising an event can be a fun way to help a good cause. If you have already resolved to get fit this year then it is the perfect opportunity to raise money for charity at the same time, whether by running a 10k or marathon, doing a parachute jump or taking part in a sponsored walk. If something less athletic is more up your street, then why not do some baking and organise a bake sale? Whatever time and support you could offer to Sepsis Research FEAT and our work would be greatly appreciated.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with Sepsis Research FEAT can get more information by visiting: www.sepsisresearch.org.uk.