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Cambridge Science Festival welcomed famous visitor on Saturday

On Saturday 16th March, actor, television presenter, writer, director, comedian, and producer, Warwick Davis and his wife visited the Discovering Sepsis exhibit on behalf of the UK Sepsis Trust as their recently announced ambassador. Warwick is famous for his roles in the 80’s classic Willow, and for his parts in the Star Wars and Harry Potter films.

250,000 people in the UK develop sepsis every year. 52,000 lose their lives to the condition and 60,000 suffer permanent, life-changing after-effects. The key to fighting sepsis is education and awareness, which is why Cambridge Science Festival is hosting the exhibit to educate members of the public about sepsis, help them learn the symptoms and equip them to look out for one another. The Festival is delighted that the event was attended by UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) Ambassador Warwick Davis, who has been working with UKST to raise awareness since his wife Sammy suffered from sepsis in 2018.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can affect anyone of any age. The incidence of sepsis is rising, and we are learning more about the body’s response to infection. Researchers from Public Health England hope the exhibit, organised by Public Health England Consultants at Addenbrooke's Hospital alongside pupils from The Bellbird School in Sawston, teaches the public about the bacteria that cause sepsis and how to recognise the early signs so that prompt treatment can be provided.

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Cambridge Science Festival brings science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine to an audience of all ages through demonstrations, talks, performances and debates. Run by the University of Cambridge, the Festival draws together independent organisations in addition to many University Departments, Centres and Museums. Most events are free.

The 2019 Festival sponsors and partners are Cambridge University Press, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Illumina, TTP Group, Science AAAS, Anglia Ruskin University, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge Junction, IET, Hills Road 6th Form College, British Science Week, Cambridge University Health Partners, Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, and Walters Kundert Charitable Trust. Media Partners: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Cambridge Independent.