Mannin Sepsis will shortly be winding down all activity and closing its doors.
The charity’s committee has made the announcement almost four years on from forming the Isle of Man registered charity. Established in 2016, John and Dee Struthers brought their vision for the charity to life after the devastating passing of their daughter, Ann – who died after developing Sepsis in 2013 – alongside Sepsis survivor and friend Ali Thomas.
After a realisation that knowledge around the signs of Sepsis and the risks and complications it can cause was lacking in the Island, the trio founded Mannin Sepsis with the intention to raise awareness and support those either directly or indirectly affected by the illness.
Mannin Sepsis can now say with pride that it has achieved even more than it initially set out to. A selection of achievements since its inception include:
- Support – it has built a strong committee of eight in addition to Island-wide supporters
- Isle of Man Ambulances Sepsis Decal – vital information on the signs to look out for were printed on four Island ambulances in 2017-2018
- Purchase of equipment – aFilm Array machine for the DHSC laboratory and a lactate monitor for Meds were funded by the charity to assist in diagnosis conditions linked to Sepsis
- Support groups – many local people who have been directly or indirectly affected by Sepsis, including those who have been bereaved by or survived Sepsis, have been offered support
- Awareness raising talks and presentations – presented to many organisations including health departments, schools, businesses and community groups, educating thousands of people in the Isle of Man on the risks and early signs of Sepsis
- Training groups – deliverededucational training sessions to key health workers and groups to help them recognise how to spot Sepsis early
- Advertising campaigns – the creation of various creative multi-media advertising campaigns on what to look out for when it comes to Sepsis, including striking adverts on the Island’s bus fleet, at the airport and on various digital screens across the Isle of Man
- Events – the organisation of and presence at countless events and awareness days to raise local awareness
Dee, Ann’s mum, Director and Founding Member of Mannin Sepsis, says the charity has been overwhelmed with the support it has received from the Manx community over the past four years. She explained: ‘It is truly humbling to look back at how far Mannin Sepsis has come and reflect on what we have been able to achieve. Quite simply, we couldn’t have done it without the support of the wonderful people around us.
‘I’m sure you can understand the emotional and physical toll that managing the charity has on our families and should not be underestimated. Although Mannin Sepsis has given us a sense of purpose and great fulfilment over the past four years, the time has come to take a step back.Knowing that more people are now aware of Sepsis and the symptoms associated with the devastating illness than when we began and that real lives have been saved because of our work, is truly humbling, and provides us with great comfort.
‘We’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to every single person who has supported us in some way, perhaps by donating, attending one of our events, presentations or sessions or even liked our Facebook page. Every little helps and we are truly thankful for the support we have received.’
Over the next few months Mannin Sepsis will slowly start to wind down its activity before officially closing its doors in March 2021.