Sepsis kills one person every four hours in Scotland and has been dubbed “the silent killer”. It is a cause close to our founder Cor Hutton's heart after nearly ending her life 5 years ago and causing the amputations of both her hands and her feet.
We are proud to have been part of this campaign in 2018, working alongside The Scottish Government and FEAT and were delighted when Health Secretary Shona Robison announced the launch of a major Scottish campaign in Feb 2018 to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis. Hoping to reach more than 1.3 million people across the country in a media campaign, with every community pharmacy in Scotland displaying posters warning of the signs of sepsis.
Following the Sepsis campaign with The Scottish Government and FEAT:
77% of people are now aware of Sepsis, 79% are aware of the need for urgent treatment, 76% are aware of what to do if they suspect the condition and 49% aware of the symptoms.
HOW TO SPOT SEPSIS IN ADULTS
Seek medical help urgently if you (or another adult) develop any of these signs:
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured
HOW TO SPOT SEPSIS IN CHILDREN
If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), call 999 and just ask: could it be sepsis?
A child may have sepsis if he or she:
- Is breathing very fast
- Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
- Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
A child under 5 may have sepsis if he or she:
- Is not feeding
- Is vomiting repeatedly
- Has not passed urine for 12 hours
On Tuesday 6 September 2016, as part of FYF's campaign to raise awareness of the huge lack of organ, limb and tissue donors in the UK, this image of Cor was projected on to buildings across London. We hope that in doing this, we've done our little bit to persuade people to say #yesidonate, to sign up and ultimately save and change lives. We'd like to thank artist James Zooz Body Painting and photographers John Linton and Drew Farrell for helping us create this stunning campaign.
To coincide with Organ Donation Week that year, Cor campaigned to raise awareness of the lack of donors, and released images of herself baring all; her body having been painted with organs and tissue that are deemed transplantable, in a bid to encourage people to commit to organ, tissue and limb donation.
On Jan 7th 2019 Cor got the call she had been waiting for and was amazed and delighted to be told she'd be receiving a double hand transplant herself. This call came after being on the waiting list for over five years and she believes a lack of awareness of, and support for, organ, tissue and limb donation is impacting lives on a daily basis.
At present, limb donation requires specific agreement either from the donor during their lifetime or from next of kin after death. There are currently around 6,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 400 people died while waiting for a transplant. The NHS Organ Donor Register and National Transplant Register, which fairly matches donors to people who are waiting for a transplant, were able to facilitate more transplants in 2017/18 than ever before, thanks to amazing donors. This is fantastic, but there is still a lot more to do. (Source: NHSBT 2019).
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register click here or call 0300 123 2323.
Here is a video of the projection on to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Cor Talks About Organ Donation Below
Cor Hutton recently launched our #DifferentIsNormal campaign to get everybody talking about their differences. Cor knew when she woke up from surgery, having lost her hands and lower legs, that she was ‘different’. What she has come to realise is that difference should be embraced. Her ‘normal’ isn’t the same as the next person’s, and she realised this by openly talking about her insecurities and realising that everyone has some of their own.
We too often strive for perfection online. We talk about the good days but not the bad. We are all different, so different is normal. We all have insecurities that we keep inside. We asked you all to post about your insecurities, whether it's mental or physical with #DifferentIsNormal and a picture relating to it and you did just that and we thank you for it. Please keep on posting and ask your friends to post, let's make social media a more open and honest place and get rid of the stigma of being different.
You can read a few of those fantastic posts below and for more about this campaign please click here.
Keeley - "A few years ago Keeley had quite a stressful experience that impacted on Keeley's confidence and swimming at her local pool. This was pretty much down to different not being normal. So we are embracing the new Finding Your Feet Amputee Charity campaign. They are trying to encourage people to make social media more honest, less perfect and much more positive. #differentisnormal"
Charlie - "We're all different in our own individual ways, it can be lonely not feeling yourself and not believe that you can fit In. Why can’t the world be more accepting, it should not matter what you have wrong with you. And people should see people for who they are.
I have been disabled since birth due a rare genetic condition-cowdens syndrome causing my nerves to crumble away and have lumps all over my body making walking difficult. I have had over 25 operations on my right forearm and now it's basically non-functional, myself and my doctors have decided on having it amputated. I see this as a fresh start not a barrier I have had brilliant help from my friends at Finding Your Feet I have had bullying all my life but I got through those situations and I'm moving on with life, so many positive things ahead In 2019. I don’t care what people think I am Charlie and proud to be different"
Paul - "We're all different, be it on the outside or the inside. We have all felt insecure, lonely, and left out at times, it's normal. Why shouldn't we move to a place where we can be more accepting and embrace each other's differences instead of judging each other for them? So I'll kick-start it by talking about my own insecurities.
I'll go with the obvious first, I ain't got legs! I get stared at A LOT when I'm going about my day to day things. This made me feel super insecure when I was just starting to use my prosthetics. I would trip all the time and have fallen over a few times in public. I'd try my best not to though, not cause I was scared of hurting myself, but because I was scared of being judged for it. For people laughing at me or thinking I "couldn't do it". I knew people were watching me so it was like an added pressure in my mind to walk well and show I can do it. Thankfully these days I'm more thick skinned and used to it. I couldn't give a toss about being judged most of the time. But if I'm in a shit mood, I don't appreciate getting gawked at while I'm just trying to get through the day. But it is something I need to live with and I can't hide it, not that I would want to anymore. I've managed to find peace in embracing my differences"
In Aug 2018 Cor joined a campaign very close to home...her own!! The campaign aims to see Lochwinnoch train station’s platform two overhauled. After identifying the lack of disabled access Cor wants to see changes made to allow people with mobility issues to access the same services as everyone else. Currently, the platform has stairs and no disabled access, meaning passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to the station cannot get off in the village if they have any issues with mobility at all.
Cor told the Daily Record "People want to be independent. It helps your mental health to be independent as well. Studies show that isolation does cause limited lifespan. There are amputees who are isolated and don’t get out the house, and are literally losing the will to live. There’s so many places they can go if train stations have the accessibility.” Full story
Campaign update: SNP councillor Emma Rodden, whose ward covers Lochwinnoch, called for improved access at the station. However, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has since advised elected members that the station does not meet UK Government criteria for investment. A defiant Councillor Rodden said: “This was never going to be an easy feat, but our efforts will be more than worth it when we are successful and the people of Lochwinnoch are afforded the equality of opportunity they so deserve.” Full story