Brian Vaughan (club regional representative) outlined at our November meeting a charity detecting event held by the club near to Chippenham in October this year. It was held on a farm where the owner had suffered from the terrible condition of SEPSIS. Every year 44,000 people die in the UK from this silent killer.
Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. Your immune system protects you from many illnesses and infections, but it’s also possible for it to go into overdrive in response to an infection.
Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead. Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock, which is a medical emergency.
Symptoms of sepsis include:
a fever above 101ºF (38ºC) or a temperature below 96.8ºF (36ºC)
heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute
breathing rate higher than 20 breaths per minute
probable or confirmed infection
The money raised by the event £300 was handed to the land owner, who in turn passed this to the charitable trust JUST ASK. He received a nice letter from the chief executive of the charity Dr. Ron Daniel thanking him for the donation.
The landowner wrote a letter to the club and this is part of that letter:-
"At the moment sepsis is at the forefront of my mind and I am starting to get my head above water in my recovery. I am very much one of the lucky ones to have survived and be in one piece! Hopefully this donation will be able to help others."
A great effort by the club and it is good they are a part of this region.
Below are a few pictures taken on the day.