Tomorrow Paul and I are off to London, with William of course, to share William and his legacy with the world. We have been invited to the Sepsis Parliamentary Reception in the Houses of Parliament. The event is with parliamentarians and clinicians to discuss sepsis, and to learn more about the support available and what more can be done around sepsis treatment. The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health will be speaking along with other key speakers.
As you all know it was sepsis that ultimately took William’s life, a complication of pneumonia. The UK Sepsis Trust has been working with parliamentarians to raise awareness of sepsis. Sepsis is a life threatening condition and arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and for 37,000 people every year in the UK, it leads to death. William is one of those. Sepsis is an easily preventable illness and easily treatable. We hope to raise awareness by sharing William’s story with the world, to lower this number as much as we possibly can.
On Thursday we will then be attending the book launch of ‘Three and a half heartbeats‘ a novel written by Amanda Prowse. This work of fiction takes you on a journey of a young family who lose their young daughter to sepsis, and the pain that follows. All the proceeds from this novel will be donated to the UK Sepsis Trust. Paul and I are attending after being invited by Amanda Prowse to highlight that the words so eloquently written in her book happen in real life. We will be meeting other families stranded in the same position as us, bereaved by sepsis.
I have made little boxes containing a balloon with string and a little notecard for a message to give to those who wish to release a balloon for William, to send all the way to heaven for William to play with. I have made sure that the balloon’s that we use are biodegradable so no harm on the environment.
We will be taking William with us, tucked safely inside his teddy. We’ll be taking William with us on every step of our adventure, an adventure for him, a journey to spread the word, and a journey to share William with the world. If you would like to release a balloon for William, please do, they were his favourite toy. He loved them, if possible we would appreciate you using a biodegradable balloon so it doesn’t cause any harm to the environment. If you do, please send me an email with a photo of you with your balloon and I will post it on my blog, firstname.lastname@example.org please watch this space for William’s big adventure xxx