Dee Struthers, Ann’s mum Founder and Director of Mannin Sepsis Charity.
Also wife and mother. Having experienced the loss of our daughter through Sepsis, I felt a need to do something purposeful so her life could have a legacy of helping to save other peoples lives and avoid the tragedy our family went through.
Previously a nursery nurse, administration worker and home carer I use my skills to arrange and deliver sepsis awareness sessions for all age groups across the Isle of Man. Through my role in the charity I have develop my tenacity to be proactive in ensuring Sepsis is on as many professional and public agendas on Island so people know when to ask, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’
Ann’s Dad Director and founding member.
Background in Nursing and PhD in Educational Research, now retired.
Using past experiences to raise awareness re sepsis to save lives.
My name is Alison Thomas, one of the Directors for Mannin Sepsis, a former Police Officer and a sepsis survivor.
In May 2016, I developed sepsis which had occurred following routine surgery. An abscess developed in the wound leading to cellulitis infection and ultimately, sepsis. Whilst I was recovering in hospital, I felt very strongly about turning my experience into something positive and it was when recovering at home that I discovered Ann’s Story, whom Mannin Sepsis was later created in memory of.
Although now physically healed, I still suffer from some of the post sepsis syndrome symptoms but feel passionate about sharing mine and Ann’s stories to help save lives within our community.
My name is Kelly and I am a sepsis liaison nurse for Mannin Sepsis Charity, I am also a Registered Nurse.
As a nurse, I care for sick and vulnerable people on a regular basis. I found myself nursing people with sepsis on a regular basis, young and old, and it became apparent to me that sepsis was a condition that people knew very little about. I discovered the Mannin Sepsis’ Facebook page online and read Ann’s story. I was completely overwhelmed by her story and the fact that she was so young, so it was then that I decided to raise money for this charity by competing in the Parish walk. I also wanted to pick a charity that was fairly ‘new’ and local so Mannin Sepsis was the perfect charity.
After the Parish walk I was then asked to join the committee team for Mannin Sepsis. I was extremely happy to join the charity as a committee member, helping to promote and raise awareness of sepsis in Ann’s memory. By joining Mannin Sepsis I was able to continue to support people in the community via our charity, whilst offering advice, help and support to people who may have had sepsis and any family members/friends who it may have affected. With my professional position and my role in the charity, I am able to support people as much as I can and help make our Island sepsis aware.
Hi I am Amy, Ann’s sister and keen to support Mannin Sepsis in anyway I can. I attend many charity events often being the runner ensuring things and people are in the correct place when required. I enjoy helping the charity because it is in memory of Ann and she was my big sister as well as my best friend.
I am a Registered Nurse, Health Visitor and currently a Community Long Term Conditions Co-ordinator. I have over 20 years nursing experience working for the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with a background in acute care and primary care.
I was privileged to be asked join the Mannin Sepsis committee in July
2017 as the Community co-ordinator and support group facilitator.
Primarily my role is to raise awareness of sepsis throughout our community although in addition to this I offer support to those who have been affected by sepsis. I am keen to strengthen the relationship between the charity and the DHSC to influence practice in the early recognition of the signs of sepsis. Married and mother of two children.
Graduate and currently working towards MSc.
My name is Nick Kinghorn and I am the Chairman of Mannin Sepsis. My experience with Sepsis came from my mother’s ordeal as a survivor, followed by the lingering effects of the condition, which she is still battling more than 2 years later. This familiarity drew me to Mannin Sepsis when I encountered the team on their launch day in Spring 2017.
When I subsequently met with the team to go over some fundraising ideas, I had the honour of being invited to join the committee and was made Chairman later that year.
I am keen to integrate our charity into the Manx community as much as possible, something that I have familiarity with from my work with Manx Telecom and their community projects. My IT skills occasionally come in handy and I am even known to make a good cup of tea! As well as the members of committee, I am supported in this role by my wife Kim and my young son Henry, who represented the charity on social media last year whilst I was taking part in the UK’s Great North Run to raise money for our organisation.
Finally, I’d like to personally thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our work, which not only helps us to increase awareness but also to have a hand in genuinely saving lives on the Isle of Man and further afield.