Club 500 - Supporting Local Charities

Published: 02/11/2021

Victim of Sepsis 
Following a nomination from one of our members, highlighting the story of Mark and Pauline, a couple from Colchester whose lives have been truly turned upside down over the past few months our committee felt that this months donation should go to helping them in some way.
Tragically, Pauline lost her brother in July after he had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest following a short illness.  Whilst the cause of his illness was unexplained at the time, he had suffered a dog bite from a newly acquired dog which he had purchased to alleviate his feelings of loneliness. Consequently, Pauline and Mark went on to re-homed the dog but it wasn't long before Mark also had been nipped and within days became gravely unwell.  It became clear that the bites had caused Sepsis in both men.
Thankfully Mark was admitted to hospital in time to save his life but Sepsis is a cruel condition and sadly Mark has lost both of his legs and most of his fingers. I spoke to Pauline last week, she was overwhelmed by our donation and asked that I relay her gratitude to you all. For now, we are holding onto our donation as Pauline wants to be sure of what she may need to make their home more accessible for Mark. I will of course keep in contact with Pauline and update you when I have more news.
Sepsis is a hidden killer and something that we should all be aware of.  For more information see below.