Livewell Southwest presents cheque to Melissa Mead and UK Sepsis Trust

27th January 2017

Sepsis cheque presentation

Livewell Southwest’s Infection Prevention and Control Team met with Melissa and Paul Mead, representing the UK Sepsis Trust, on Thursday 26th January to present a cheque for £1741.90.

Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury. In Sepsis, the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight the infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering  44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined . The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) was established as a charity in 2012 with the objective of saving 12,500 lives every year. 

As well as raising awareness of the condition throughout the year as part of their work, Livewell Southwest’s Infection Prevention and Control team also undertook a number of fundraising events in 2016. Whilst carrying the Infection Prevention Society’s Hand Hygiene Torch, the team organised and took part in a sponsored walk and family fun day in Plymouth’s Central Park. 

Dawn Slater, Director of Clinical Practice and Development at Livewell Southwest, said: “I am extremely pleased that Livewell Southwest has been able to contribute to such an important and life-saving campaign. I am particularly honoured to be able to present a cheque for £1741.90 to Melissa Mead, who lost her son William in December 2014 to sepsis and has since campaigned to raise awareness of the condition. The money, which was raised following a sponsored walk, was then matched by Livewell Southwest.”

Symptoms of Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. If your child has any of these symptoms you should take immediate action. Do not be afraid to go to A&E immediately or call 999.

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

For more information on the UK Sepsis Trust and the symptoms of Sepsis, please visit