Today the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) announces a new partnership with the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation (IFCF), which has awarded the Trust a substantial grant to help fulfil their aims of raising public awareness of sepsis, providing support for those affected, educating healthcare professionals, and instigating political change.
UKST will be working together with IFCF and combining resources to raise awareness of sepsis in schools and the community so as to improve children and families’ knowledge of the life-threatening illness, which affects more than 250,000 people in the UK each year.
IFCF will be the official partner of the Schools Against Sepsis campaign, launching in North West England in March, and will facilitate the delivery of lesson plans to Key Stage 2 students and sepsis information cards to take home, as well as e-packs for teachers.
UKST will assist IFCF in educating and safeguarding Iceland’s network of 24,000 employees around the UK. IFCF has also committed to including information about sepsis and how to spot it on the side of milk cartons, with the potential to reach millions and raise unprecedented awareness.
Tarsem Dhaliwal, CEO of Iceland Foods comments: “As a trustee of IFCF I feel strongly that we will be able to make a real difference via our partnership with The UK Sepsis Trust. By funding their North West awareness campaign, and also by educating our own colleagues about symptoms to look out for, we believe that together we can save lives.”
Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust comments: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the IFCF, who will be instrumental in the launch of our Schools Against Sepsis campaign in the North West. Their vital support will enable us to educate children in schools and give them the tools to safeguard themselves and even their siblings and parents. Working with IFCF will help us raise even more awareness, on an unprecedented scale, and bring us closer to achieving our goal of ending preventable deaths by sepsis and saving 14,000 lives every year.”