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Sepsis awareness – why Rudridge is supporting our supplier's fundraising efforts

Here at Rudridge we work closely with suppliers and value our relationships with many companies around the UK. One of these is Brett Landscaping, a construction group that supplies us with building materials. CHECK Last year we were shocked to hear that a member of Brett's sales force, a young dad called James Mackey, was admitted to hospital with flu-like symptoms that turned out to be the life-threatening disease sepsis. Fortunately, James's life was saved, but he had to undergo a double leg amputation below the knee to stop the disease from spreading.

Doctors are unsure how James developed sepsis, but it's likely that a cut on his hand became infected, leading within a few days to sepsis – a form of blood poisoning also known as septicaemia.

Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection. Caught early enough, it can be treated with anti-biotics and patients can make a full recovery. But because it's often not diagnosed in the early stages, it can become far more serious. Sepsis has a 30 per cent mortality rate, and around 66,000 people die from the disease every year in the UK.

James, from Bracknell, is determined to remain positive and vows he'll play football again with his two young sons. But he needs to raise funds for prosthetic equipment to help his dream of a more active life come true.

When we heard that a team from Brett Landscaping was undertaking the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge we pledged to support the £2,000 fundraising target, and to help raise awareness of sepsis among our own staff, friends and family.

The gruelling challenge was completed over a June weekend, and the team is delighted to have raised nearly £500 above their target, with donations still rolling in. Congratulations from all of us at Rudridge! If you would like to donate, please visit the team's Just Giving page.  

Symptoms of sepsis include:

  • A high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • Chills and shivering
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Fast breathing
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin

For more information visit the sepsis page on the NHS website

FARNHAM: 01252 711911

GRAVESEND: 01474 331164

BRENTFORD: 0208 569 8888

HORSHAM: 01403 892800

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