Preston Marathon Runner’s Fundraising Helps To Educate On Signs Of Sepsis

New graphics raising awareness of sepsis have been installed at Royal Preston Hospital thanks to Mark Delaney who ran the London Marathon.

The Preston businessman raised £2,400 for the Critical Care Unit in 2019 to say thank you for the care his dad received on the unit when he was treated for sepsis. 

A portion of the money he raised has been spent on a vinyl wrap on lift doors at Royal Preston Hospital, containing information on the condition from the UK Sepsis Trust.

Mark was very grateful for the care his dad, Keith, received from the Critical Care Unit and decided to take on the London Marathon to support them:

“Two years ago, my dad was struck by sepsis and was very poorly for a number of months. If it hadn’t been for the amazing care and attention of the Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, he wouldn’t be here with us today.  

“Whilst dad was on a life support machine, I said to my mum that if he pulled through, I would run the London Marathon to raise awareness for sepsis and also for the unit at Royal Preston Hospital.  

“After a six-week battle, dad was allowed home to continue his long road to recovery – so I ran the marathon! To hear that the money we raised has been put to such good use is very heartening, and I hope that it helps other families and patients that are struck down by this cruel illness.” 

The new graphics explain the key signs of the condition to help educate staff and visitors about what to look out for.

Angie Walsh, Sepsis Lead Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was thankful for Mark’s fundraising and for the progress they have made in raising awareness about the condition:

“We cannot thank Mark enough for his donation that has enabled us to do this. We have collaborated with the UK Sepsis Trust and designed our wraps to give maximum impact on the fourth floor. This space is a very busy area opposite our acute admission unit and I hope lots of staff and patients will see this and think about sepsis.”

For any more information about the work of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity or how you get involved to help, click here.

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