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Edinburgh Marathon Festival: Runners Unite for Sepsis Awareness and Research


Two weeks ago, Edinburgh Marathon Festival saw a total of 21 runners come together as they raced to raise money, and awareness, for Sepsis Research FEAT.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that is the result of the body’s extreme response to infection. When it strikes, the body’s immune system overreacts and starts attacking not just the infection, but everything else around it including the body’s own tissues and organs. 

“Sepsis is not uncommon; people are just not as aware of it as they should be, partly because its symptoms can mimic other common conditions. It affects around 50,000 people across the UK, with approximately 50,000 people dying from sepsis every single year – that’s five people per hour. Out of those who survive, roughly 40-50% will be left with life-changing physical and psychological conditions.” 

Colin Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Sepsis Research FEAT highlighted

“Worldwide, sepsis kills 11 million people every year, which is higher than cancer. The magnitude of the problem highlights the urgent need for funding. Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable death in the world, and to every runner who raised money for our charity over the weekend, we want to say a big thank you.” 


Among the runners, who raised a total of £ 14,105 were sepsis survivors Erin Montgomery and Lori McIvor, along with Nadia Imbabi, Megan Kane and Alison McNeil who were running in memory of loved ones.  

“Today was for myself and anyone else who has battled sepsis. All the pain is worth it when the money raised is going to the charity Sepsis Research FEAT.” 

Erin Montgomery, who survived sepsis in 2023

Although the charity carries out invaluable work across the UK: funding research; raising awareness; supporting fundraisers and speaking with and sharing the stories of those with lived experience of sepsis, Scotland’s capital has always been close to the charity’s heart. When living in Edinburgh, Sepsis Research FEAT’s founder and chair Craig Stobo developed sepsis, before losing both his wife Fiona and unborn daughter Isla to the immune response within a 36-hour period. 

‘it was fantastic to see so many individuals touched by sepsis come together in order to raise money and remember loved ones where it all began”. 

As a result, Colin Graham said

To find out more information about sepsis, or get involved with Sepsis Research FEAT, please head to https://sepsisresearch.org.uk/  

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