In memory of our daughter, we established the Lucy Ellis Foundation with the aims of:
1. Raising awareness of sepsis
According to the UK Sepsis Trust , 44,000 people lose their lives to sepsis each year. But until our daughter was admitted to hospital, we had no idea how serious it could be.
Sepsis is a condition where the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.
It’s often triggered by infection, and more common in bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract, tummy and pelvis. Without quick treatment, sepsis is life-threatening and can lead to organ failure and septic shock.
It’s also estimated that sepsis costs the NHS £2 billion every year. More about sepsis here.
2. Lobby to get Wales’ first ECMO machine (and potentailly partially fund the facility) and specialist team
An ECMO facility within an hour of every patient in the UK. Simple. If not Wales then definitely the South West of UK! (Drawing circles around every town that does not have such a facility within an hour and raising awareness) If the Welsh government do not agree (research doc underway) that it is not viable then I will be focusing on the UK parliament to make the change.
3. Providing athletic scholarships for children and teens
If you’ve read Lucy’s story , you’ll understand just how much gymnastics meant to her. As such, we’ll also be providing athletic scholarships for children and teens whose families are unable to afford the training, equipment, competition fees and travel costs needed for them to progress and pursue their dreams.