Kwik Fit | Wednesday 20th April 2016 10:53am
Kwik Fit has raised £4,000 for Williamís Legacy, which is part of the UK Sepsis Trust, through a variety of fundraising initiatives across the South West.
Kwik Fit positioned collection tins across 96 of its centres, sold raffle tickets for the chance to win a free MOT or service and also washed customersí cars on weekends.
Williamís Legacy was set up by William Meadís parents, Melissa and Paul, following his untimely death just after his first birthday in December 2014 from sepsis. Melissa and her husband were shocked to find that 150,000 people are affected by sepsis each year and vowed to raise awareness of the illness to prevent other families suffering the same heartache as them.
Kwik Fit first got involved with Williamís Legacy in 2015 after Melissa contacted them asking for help in making a car safe and road legal so she could gift it to one of the mums she met at the hospital. Kwik Fit repaired the car free of charge and decided to raise funds for the charity too.
Mellissa said: ďI canít thank Kwik Fit enough for all their help and support over the last 12 months.
ďI first asked them to help me get a car back on the road so I could give it to one of the other mums I met while William was in hospital. The team was amazing in helping with the car and then they decided to raise money for the charity and help me raise awareness of this horrific condition.
ďI would like to thank the whole Kwik Fit team for their efforts and tremendous sum they have raised. This money will really make a difference and allow the charity to continue informing the public about sepsis and deliver training for doctors to be more aware of it and the protocol for dealing with it.
ďAs a family, we just hope that William can change the lives of others like he changed ours. We donít want our little boy to have died in vain and hope to continue breaking new ground regarding sepsis so that others can be saved.Ē
Karl Billington, Kwik Fitís divisional director for the south west, said: ďMelissa inspired us all with her story the second she got in touch. The fact that she was focused on helping others, despite having only recently experienced the most awful loss imaginable, is incredible.
ďThe statistics are truly shocking and we wanted to raise money to assist Melissa with spreading the message about the dangers of sepsis. Sepsis UK is a fantastic charity and does incredible work across the country.
ďThe whole team really got behind this fundraising drive and we are delighted to donate £4,000 to Sepsis UK in memory of William. We also give huge thanks to our customers across the region for their support and very generous donations.Ē
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