11 Aug 2017

Sepsis survivor sets herself a demanding challenge in order to help others

 Philippa Borrill

In November 2016, Philippa Borrill contracted Sepsis, a life-threatening blood infection that claims over 44,000 lives in the UK annually – more than lung cancer and more than breast cancer and bowel cancer combined. Fortunately, medics at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital provided the emergency treatment she needed to survive. Now, in reaction to all she endured, and out of gratitude for the help she received, Philippa is fundraising for The UK Sepsis Trust using MyDonate.

“This UK charity not only supports the survivors of sepsis but also their families,” Philippa said. “The disease is still relatively unknown so raising awareness of the illness is important to me. There is no quick diagnosis but even with rapid intervention, the road to recovery is a long one and I learnt it can be very lonely. I feel extremely lucky to have survived and to have received the help I needed. My battle with this disease has been the worst experience of my life and I want to use this negative experience and turn it into something positive – to help others.”

Philippa has chosen to fundraise by participating in the Northern Route of the Tour de Broads, the biggest not-for-profit cycling event in the UK. She will be riding 50 miles through the Norfolk Broads, a journey that will require both physical and mental determination.

“I wanted to set myself a personal challenge - just six months ago I could only walk 100 metres with a walking frame. I used to regularly cycle to work so I thought that cycling for a longer distance seemed a good idea. Over the past few months I’ve gradually increased the amount of physical activity and I’m positive I can do it, as long as I remain focused on my recovery, keep committed to my training and have the continued support of my partner, friends and family. I see this fundraising activity as a way of saying thank you but also hope to raise awareness and to potentially save lives.”

Philippa has almost reached her fundraising target of £1,500 by using MyDonate. “When I started my initial research into fundraising platforms I was surprised at how much money some platforms took from admin fees and commission but by using MyDonate, which charges 0% commission, I know my fundraising goes further and more money will go directly to The UK Sepsis Trust. I think it’s essential that people make an informed decision and understand that their fundraising efforts can be massively reduced by choosing the wrong platform - one that takes commission.”

To sponsor Philippa please go to: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philippaborrill and to find out more out The UK Sepsis Trust please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/theuksepsistrustltd.

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