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Sepsis Research is the UK’s only sepsis research charity.  Our main objective is to stop sepsis through funding vital medical research into the early detection of the condition and its treatment. We also work hard to raise awareness of sepsis

So many of us know someone whose life has been touched by sepsis. Everyone who comes into contact with Sepsis Research certainly does. We all have a personal story to tell – and that’s what we’re all about when you cut through the statistics and medical terminology. We’re about people. Saving more of them.

Here is our story.


Dr Fiona Elizabeth Agnew was a Falkirk based GP, who lived in Edinburgh with her family and had wanted to be a doctor since she was a wee girl.

Fiona and her husband Craig Stobo, had their first child together in 2010 and were expecting their second child in late September 2012. Fiona was taken to hospital on the evening of Friday 24th August 2012, after suddenly falling ill. She had been perfectly well until then and had had an antenatal scan the previous day when both she and the baby were well. She was diagnosed as having an infection and subsequently sepsis, which had also attacked her unborn baby.

Baby Isla was stillborn at 5.10 am on Saturday 25th August, by which time Fiona was in an unstable and critical condition. For the remainder of the day and into the night the medical staff worked tirelessly to save her life. Sadly they were unsuccessful and Fiona died at 1.50am on Sunday 26th August 2012 from multiple organ failure caused by sepsis. The condition caused a dramatic deterioration in Fiona’s health in just a few hours and without warning; by the time she reached hospital it was effectively too late.

Sepsis Research (originally called FEAT – The Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust) was founded by her husband Craig in 2013, with the support of six of the couple’s friends, in the memory of the late Dr Fiona Agnew and her daughter Isla.

Our mission is to stop sepsis now. We are dedicated to funding research to better understand sepsis, so that new treatments can be developed in the fight against it.

How are we doing this?

  • We raise funds to support long-term research. This research aims to understand why some people are more susceptible to infection and why some people respond better to treatment than others, in the hope that new and more effective treatments can be developed
  • We work with medical professionals to raise awareness and recognition of sepsis across doctors, nurses and other frontline staff in all areas of the NHS. It is estimated that up to 15,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK through prompt diagnosis and treatment
  • We want to make sure there are accurate statistics about the number of people who have had sepsis, recognising that it is still under-diagnosed, often because of other pre-existing illnesses that people have. We need to know the full extent of the issue to increase awareness amongst the public, and push for more funding into research

Our hope is that in future, no-one will have to suffer the loss of a loved one to sepsis.

We support pioneering research work through our partnership with the University of Edinburgh Roslin Institute. The research is focusing on the role genes play in how likely people are to die from infection – so we can speed up the search for new treatments.

The GenOMICC Study being led by Dr Kenneth Baillie, Academic Consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Group Leader at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, is a worldwide study which will involve clinicians capturing 100,000 DNA samples from patients in intensive care and high dependency units. In the UK there are over 100 hospitals already taking part and over 1000 intensive care beds, all taking blood and tissue samples which are sent for analysis at The Roslin Institute.

We work with medical professionals to raise awareness and recognition of sepsis in all areas of the NHS to improve prompt diagnosis and treatment,

We drive public awareness campaigns, including a joint partnership with the Scottish Government which includes a nationwide Facebook campaign, radio features and posters and flyers in hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries.

OSCR – Scottish Charity Regulator

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