Time to Get Sepsis Savvy

September is Sepsis Awareness month and we aim to educate as many people as possible about this medical emergency that claims 11 million lives worldwide each year.

Sepsis affects 245,000 people every year in the UK alone, and 48,000 people die of sepsis-related illnesses. That’s five people every hour. Of those that develop sepsis and survive, around 40% face potentially life-changing challenges with their physical and/or mental health.

But, public knowledge still has a long way to go – as one in five people haven’t heard of sepsis – and one in three would not treat sepsis as a medical emergency. Timely intervention is crucial, because it’s often treatable if caught early. So it’s important to arm yourself with potentially life-saving information…


Awareness really can saves lives. To get started, please take 5 minutes to watch our Get Sepsis Savvy video, and then play the game to test your newly-acquired knowledge. Share your score on social media to encourage others to get Sepsis Savvy too!

Anyone who provides feedback on the game is eligibly for entry into a prize draw where you could win up to £250 in Love2shop vouchers! T&Cs apply.

Here are 5 other ways you can support our life-saving work in September

Shout about sepsis

Spread the word after getting ‘Sepsis Savvy’ on social media, access our resources, deliver an awareness session to your students, or host a ‘lunch and learn’ briefing for colleagues.

Become a sepsis champion

And share your Sepsis Voices story – email voices@sepsistrust.org

Volunteer or partner with us

Whether you’re wanting to volunteer, or work at a school, healthcare organisation or business and would like to collaborate, email savvy@sepsistrust.org. To learn more about our partnerships, click here.


WSD is a great opportunity to raise awareness about sepsis prevention, and bond with family, friends and co-workers over fun challenges, food, and friendly (we hope) competition. We’ve got lots of fundraising ideas to help you get involved. From charity bake offs and active challenges at work to non-uniform/wear red, orange or yellow at school days, and the ultimate challenge: sponsored silences.


If you’re short on time, and want to make a difference, simply donate £5 – or more if you can – so we can support more people affected by sepsis. Thank you!

Got another idea?

We welcome new ideas so do please get in touch – info@sepsistrust.org

Your donations will help us support more people like Jonathan

“The support group has been an absolute lifeline for me”

– Jonathan Cope

Jonathan tragically lost his wife Cheryl to sepsis in 2016. He’s been a familiar face at our support groups since then and has made friends who help him through the difficult moments.

We’re the only UK charity that provides free, nurse-led support to anyone affected by sepsis – and last year we helped 1,394 families. But with 245,000 people affected by sepsis every year, we need to do more. Since we receive no government funding, we urgently need your help in order to provide a lifeline to as many sepsis survivors and those tragically bereaved by the condition as possible.