Sepsis skydive raises hundreds

Laura Pothecary took on the skydive for the UK Sepsis Trust
Laura Pothecary took on the skydive for the UK Sepsis Trust

A Horsham woman has raised more than £1,500 for charity by taking on a three mile high tandem skydive.

Laura Pothecary completed the jump to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust following a close family member’s diagnosis of the infection.

Luckily due to the swift action of their GP and hospital staff, they made a full recovery, but many are not so lucky.

Out of the 102,000 who are diagnosed with sepsis yearly in the UK, 44,000 die.

Laura said: “I’m really proud to have raised the money and represented a great charity.”

Laura raised the money thanks to donations from friends, family, work colleagues and well wishers.

She added: “It was an amazing experience.”

Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury.

Normally the immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons not yet understood, it attacks the body’s own organs and tissues.

If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death.

With early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.

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