UK SEPSIS TRUST ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH SAINTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION FOR 2019 SEASON
Today the UK Sepsis Trust announce their partnership with the Saints Community Development Foundation, in association with St Helens Rugby Football Club for the 2019 Season. The partnership will deliver an extensive array of initiatives in the coming Rugby League season, running from January to October, to raise awareness in the St Helens and Merseyside Community, including over 100 primary schools and 30 secondary schools.
The partnership will also closely involve recently announced ambassador for SCDF, Stuart Lanham, who is now campaigning to raise awareness after developing sepsis in 2014 and sadly losing both his left arm and his sight.
Dr Ron Daniels BEM, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust comments “Stuart’s story demonstrates how potentially devastating the effects of sepsis can be. At least 250,000 people in the UK every year develop sepsis and 52,000 of these peoples lose their lives.
We’re thrilled to be joining forces with SCDF for the upcoming Rugby League season. The key to fighting sepsis is empowerment and we are so grateful to the Saints for giving us the opportunity to raise the awareness of sepsis in communities and families and help them to feel able to “Just Ask: Could it be sepsis”. The awareness and funds raised will be pivotal in continuing the fight against sepsis and saving lives all over the UK.”
Steve Leonard, Director of the Saints Community Development Foundation comments “after meeting Stuart and hearing his story, I knew that we had to do something to raise the awareness of sepsis in our own community. This cannot and will not be a quick hit or a one-off promotion, as every generation needs to be made aware of sepsis and the steps to take. I am proud to say that Stuart has agreed to be our ambassador and there is nothing more fitting than having a proud St Helens lad as the driving force of our campaign. I would like to thank the UK Sepsis Trust for making this happen and I believe that our partnership will provide the solid platform needed to get the message across”