Tragic sister inspires awareness fundraiser

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A THURROCK woman has organised and hosted a successful awareness and fundraising event in memory of her sister.

Clare Jupp was inspired to organise the function at Warley Park Golf Club to raise awareness of the dangers of sepsis, a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.

Clare’s sister, Kay, died from sepsis in May 2011 at the age of 44. She had sustained a fall in a supermarket just two weeks before, fracturing her patella, and underwent knee surgery at Basildon Hospital to pin her knee back into place. Appearing to be recovering well she then became very unwell and sepsis eventually claimed her life.

Since her death Clare, a former deputy headteacher at Chafford Hundred Campus and William Edwards schools, has been campaigning to raise awareness and cash for the UK Sepsis Trust.

“Kay was a healthy 44-year-old who enjoyed life to the full. She was always the life and soul of the party and had an opinion on everything and everybody! She was a brilliant older sister, a fantastic daughter to my mum and dad and a great and favourite aunt to my sons, James and Henry,” says Clare.

“I am raising funds for the Sepsis Trust who spearhead the campaign for raising awareness about sepsis and improving the treatment for and outcomes of sepsis patients. This little known and talked about medical condition kills a staggering 37,000 plus Britons each year which is more then breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer put together.

“For the event at Warley Park we had a variety of stall holders and businesses selling jewellery, sweets and home-ware, who gave us a cut of their takings. We also had a cake raffle which was very popular and a normal raffle with fantastic prizes which were donated by Warley Park Golf Club, various businesses in Brentwood and some personal donations.

“Attendees paid £15 for tickets and were served a brunch at the Golf Club. I also had two silent auctions running prior to the event which concluded on the day by means of a post box that attendees could ‘post’ their bids into. These were for football tickets and Jessie J tickets.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended and who supported the event which raised £3,000.

“To find out more about this awful killer, visit www.sepsistrust.org.”

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