About us

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About us 2017-09-27T20:53:29+00:00

The Lee Spark Necrotising Fasciitis (NF) Foundation was formed after the sudden tragic and traumatic loss of 23 year old Lee Spark. We identified a need to inform, support and represent the interests of patients and all individuals affected by this horrific disease. The Lee Spark NF Foundation is the only registered charity based in the UK supporting all individuals who have been affected directly or indirectly by severe streptococcal infections or Necrotising fasciitis.

Doreen Cartledge – Founder

Through personal loss of her son Lee Spark in October 1999 of the horrific infection Necrotising fasciitis Doreen has campaigned endlessly to raise awareness by giving lecture’s including statistic’s and survey results from survivors and bereaved. Being involved in world wide organisations attending many conferences, NHS Seminars, media interviews and attending International Symposiums on Streptococci and Streptococcal diseases. Developing Medical Training DVD’s on this subject.

Doreen’s background experience working for the NHS for 25 years as a GP receptionist and having level 2 Oxford and Cambridge counselling qualification, along with her 10 year Cruise bereavement counselling qualification led her to volunteering for 20 years. Her many years of experience and having lost her son Lee through necrotising fasciitis . Doreen feels comfortable in offering empathy, respect and understanding to the people who make contact and can offer counselling over the phone or on a one to one basis.

Patsy Corcoran – Trustee

Patsy has supported the charity for quite a number of years. She assists with fundraising events, making cards, selling raffle tickets and general administrative duties

Pete Norman – Trustee, Treasurer and Fundraising Co-ordinator

Pete had a personal experience with NF which he can use to help support people and raise the much needed awareness for the Foundation.

His vast experience working with charities which include coordinating events, fundraising and raising awareness will help immensely.

Now is the time to channel all into an organisation which is meaningful to him and after losing his dad to NF feels he can put use his knowledge into the foundation and help make a difference for years to come.

Pete became a Trustee September 2014.

Becky Felton – Trustee

Becky is a survivor of necrotising fasciitis and through her horrific experience and the devastating impact on her family, she realised the need for raising awareness through education. Becky felt that her survival and understanding of necrotising fasciitis could enhance the support the Charity provides to families and clinicians.

Becky became a Trustee of The Lee Spark NF Foundation in December 2014

Fundraising Committee

Chris Felton

Chris, along with his father Jon Felton, Brother Aaron Felton and his friends Oliver, Ash and Simon, recently competed in the National 3 Peaks Challenge in September 2014 in a fantastic time of 22 hours 30 mins. Himself and his team gave leaflets raising awareness of necrotising fasciitis along the route. Also leaving leaflets in GP surgeries, Health Centre’s and hospitals to educate them of this devastating infection and details of his fundraising page. To make this event possible Chris organised a family fun day a football tournament and many more events. He has many fundraising idea’s for in the future and will support fundraisers.