‘Wear orange for Paddy’ - Hornchurch family encourage awareness of sepsis

Paddy Dear

Paddy Dear - Credit: Archant

All shades of orange will be seen next Friday as children turn out to support the UK Sepsis Trust.

The colourful fundraising day is to raise awareness of septicaemia, a life-threatening condition, which is triggered by an infection or injury.

The family of Paddy Dear, a 16-year-old boy from Hornchurch, who fatally contracted the infection in March, are encouraging schools to take part.

The Campion School student was found dead, at the bottom of cliffs in west Wales, and the family believe he may have been disorientated by the infection.

The RJ Mitchell Primary School, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, will be one of the schools taking part.

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Paddy’s godfather Danny Coyle said he hoped all schools got involved.

He said: “Paddy’s story resonates with people and this upcoming day can help create awareness and raise money from the tragedy.

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“Sepsis still isn’t very well known but causes the death of more than 44,000 people in the UK every year.”

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