One hundred free seats for pre-release showing of the film 'Starfish' at Marlborough College
A special pre-release showing of the feature film Starfish is to be held at Marlborough College on Friday, September 30 at 7.45pm. One hundred seats are being held for people from the town who are first through the door - these cannot be reserved.
Starfish shines a spotlight on sepsis - often better known as septicaemia or blood poisoning - a killer condition at worst and often a devastating disabler.
The film tells the story of Tom Ray (played by Tom Riley), a sepsis survivor, and his wife Nicola (Joanne Froggatt - well known for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.)
It’s the true story of the overnight devastation of their family life. There are some grisly scenes and some inspiring moments, but it is not for the fainthearted. The trailer can be watched here.
Sepsis is much more common than most people realise, taking 44,000 lives every year in the UK. That equates to the sobering statistic that a person dies from sepsis every five minutes. About 150,000 people are treated for sepsis in the UK each year.
The film generously promotes the work of the UK Sepsis Trust, the charity which concentrates on publicising the condition so it can be identified quickly both by doctors and the general public. Speed is essential to save the sufferer from its worst ravages, but the first signs are often dismissed as a mild infection - until it is too late.
Greater awareness of the condition has led many hospitals - like the Great Western Hospital - to have specialist Sepsis Nurses. Mortality from sepsis has been steadily reduced in recent years. Though across the NHS diagnosis can still come too late.
Seats have been reserved for students from the College and from St John's Academy. But for the first 100 people to claim one of the 100 free seats the invitation from the College for people to see this film at the Memorial Hall is simple:
"Please do come and join us. This is an unticketed event, and there will be a collection at the end for the UK Sepsis Trust to help them continue to spread the word."
Starfish will be on general release from October 28.