A GROUP of nine University of Warwick porters have raised more than £2,000 for the Sepsis Trust in a charity winter Wolf Run in memory of a colleague’s late wife.
Former university cleaner Sam Price, aged 43, who was receiving treatment for cancer, sadly died earlier this year as a result of Sepsis, a life-threatening reaction to an infection, also known as blood poisoning.
The porters who took part in the strenuous Winter Wolf Run obstacle course at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire, on November 2 were Darron Handley, aged 53, from Coventry, Michael Cone, 63 from Leamington Spa, Roger Williams, 61, from Coventry, Dave Tyagui, 50 from Rugby, Andy Bishop, 36, from Coventry, Jony Sandu, 45, from Coventry, Graham Williamson, 68, from Coventry, Andy Hales, 53, from Coventry and Atul Patel, 59, from Coventry.
Darron said: “We are a very close group. We were going to do a parachute jump but decided this was a better idea.
“We all had t-shirts made for the Sepsis Trust. The Wolf Run was very tough but an achievement and we raised £2,127.”
Paying tribute to his wife and colleagues, Sam’s husband Matt Price said: “Earlier this year I tragically lost my Sam to Sepsis. We had been together for more than 20 years.
“I felt devastated by her loss and will always miss her. We met at Mr George’s nightclub in Coventry and were soul mates ever since.
“When I returned to work my colleagues rallied around and helped come to terms with my loss. I am rebuilding my life now, with the support of my friends and family, but will always miss my Sam.”
Sam’s parents Roy and Denise Harrison were also touched by the porter’s fundraising efforts.
In a statement the couple said: “We would like to say a very big thank you to all those who have generously donated to this worthy cause. We believe much more research is needed to raise awareness of Sepsis, both its symptoms and causes.
“Our daughter Sam had a good soul, she was kind-hearted, generous and always put others first, even when her suffering was at its greatest.
“Sam has left a hole in everyone’s heart and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
“We’d like to thank the Post and Portering team at Warwick University who have given up their time and energies to raise money for this awful illness and to honour Sam’s memory.”
Dr Ron Daniels BEM, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust comments: “Sepsis has a devastating human cost. Every day in the UK, individuals and families have their lives torn apart by the condition, but better public awareness and education of healthcare professionals could save thousands of lives each year.
“It’s the efforts of fundraisers like the porters of Warwick University that allow us to continue the fight against sepsis, and we’d like to say a huge thank you from everyone at the UK Sepsis Trust. Together we can change the way sepsis is handled in the UK.”