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Kiss goodbye to Sepsis

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Kiss goodbye to sepsis

The #Kissgoodbyetosepsis Campaign

Emma's Story

Tributes to Emma

How you can get involved

Every year at least 44,000 people die from sepsis. Many of these people are victims to an infection they have never even heard of and many more mistake this serious condition for a common cold. This was the case for Emma Straker. What was thought of as freshers flu took her young life. Her parents set up the #KissGoodbyetoSepsis campaign in her memory because she was known for wearing red lipstick and for her stunning smile. You can read more about Emma's story alongside tributes from her friends here.

3 steps to Kissing Goodbye:

Take a selfie of yourself or with your friends wearing red-lipstick and post this on social media with #KissGoodbyetoSepsis (if you don't own red lipstick you can use a photo editing app to add a lipstick print to the photo!)

Tag 3 friends to encourage them to do the same. This will create a kissing chain across the country and raise an amazing amount of awareness!

Text donation is quick, easy and will help us save lives. Simply text "KGTS10 £3" to 70070

‘Post your red-lipped selfie with the hashtag #KissGoodbyeToSepsis and text "KGTS10 £3" to 70070 then nominate 3 friends to do the same. Together we can #KissGoodbyetoSepsis’

The #KissGoodbye Story

Emma Straker

Emma Straker

In August 2013, Emma, an aspiring drama teacher, had a bad cold and a sore throat which lasted about two weeks. She was treated with antibiotics and the cold subsided. She began her second year at University and on the 20th September celebrated her 19th birthday.

However, the cold seemed to return a few days later so Emma stayed in bed, talking to her mum and dad on the phone and messaging her friends.
The next morning Emma’s flatmates went to check on her, and found that she had died. Emma’s cause of death was sepsis.



If you have already set up an online fundraising page using one of the many giving platforms ie JustGiving/MyBT Donate/Virgin Money, we will receive the money you raise automatically.

If you’ve organised a fundraising activity or taken part in fundraising either at work or with friends and family, your money really will help save lives.

Get in touch

Bank Transfer.

You can pay in your funds directly via an electronic funds transfer, using our account details below. Please let us know when you do this so we can send you a well earned ‘Thank You’.

Account name: United Kingdom Sepsis Trust Ltd
Bank: CAF Bank (Charities Aid Foundation)
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account number: 00024362

Pay by Phone.

If you have raised money using the sponsorship form in your pack, you can pay in your money by phone using your debit/credit card – call us on 0800 389 6255.

Pay by Post.

Alternatively send us a cheque made payable to “The UK Sepsis Trust” with your “Money Return Form” to The UK Sepsis Trust Limited, 2nd Floor, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN. If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can increase by at least 25% under the Gift Aid scheme – at no additional cost to you! Please fill in the “Gift Aid declaration” and then post it to us along with your “Money Return Form”.

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