About doreencartledge

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.
13 09, 2021

Donating through Smile Amazon

2021-09-13T09:34:35+01:00 September 13th, 2021|Awareness, Charity, Fundraising|

What is Smile Amazon? Everyone loves the convenience of shopping online and Amazon is at the forefront of the online shopping revolution. Now you can shop online and donate through Amazon Smile at the same time - it's so simple! Did you know when shopping through Smile Amazon you can request a donation to your [...]

19 08, 2021

Supporting The Lee Spark NF Foundation!

2021-08-19T08:23:26+01:00 August 19th, 2021|Awareness, Fundraising|

Now the weather is cooling you'll be needing one of our beautiful hoodies to keep you warm! It's your time to show your support for The Lee Spark Foundation with our exclusive hoodies! You can chose from either Black/Navy or Grey and our sizes are XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL/XXXL Size chart Take a look! Black [...]

14 07, 2021

How do I survive necrotising fasciitis?

2021-07-14T14:02:24+01:00 July 14th, 2021|Awareness, Latest News|

How do I survive necrotising fasciitis? The key to surviving necrotising fasciitis is swift recognition and immediate treatment. High doses of antibiotics are usually required after diagnosis, but these on their own are insufficient to halt the infection. The most important element of treatment is the surgical removal of the infected dead and dying tissue. [...]

30 06, 2021

Meet the Team – The Lee Spark NF Foundation Trustee, Robert Wilkie!

2021-06-30T12:20:17+01:00 June 30th, 2021|Charity, Latest News|

The Lee Spark NF Foundation are pleased to announce the next in our ‘Meet the Team’ series! We feel extremely proud to introduce Robert Wilkie, Trustee! Robert explains how he was introduced to The Lee Spark NF Foundation "I was introduced to The Lee Spark NF Foundation by its Scottish Ambassador (Elaine McCulloch) and I [...]

21 04, 2021

Surviving necrotizing fasciitis – Robin’s story

2021-04-21T13:51:47+01:00 April 21st, 2021|Awareness, Charity|

Surviving necrotizing fasciitis – Robin's story We know that mortality rates can be low in some areas; here Robin tells us how he survived necrotizing fasciitis: "I developed NF in August 2014 in my shoulder. Initially I had severe pain in my right shoulder. As this week progressed, I developed some discolouration to my chest, [...]

8 04, 2021

Getting back to work after trauma

2021-04-08T12:26:22+01:00 April 8th, 2021|Awareness, Charity, Latest News|

Are you struggling with getting back to work after trauma? Whether it be finding a job, settling back into your old workplace, or struggling with your mental health; work can feel very different after the trauma of necrotising fasciitis. If you or a loved one are struggling with getting back to work after trauma, it [...]

31 03, 2021

Why did I get necrotizing fasciitis?

2021-03-31T13:21:06+01:00 March 31st, 2021|Awareness|

I've always wondered why I caught necrotizing fasciitis Hi my name is Wayne and I was 32 at the time of my  experience of necrotizing fasciitis. Here I share my diary with you. Predisposing factor Strep A throat.  3rd March 2011. Admitted to hospital that day as my condition had dramatically worsened. By the 5th [...]

18 03, 2021

Meet the Team – Trustee and Ambassador for Scotland, Elaine McCulloch!

2021-03-18T10:08:11+00:00 March 18th, 2021|Charity, Latest News|

We are pleased to announce the next in our 'Meet the Team' series and are proud to introduce Elaine McCulloch, Trustee and Ambassador for Scotland! Elaine tells us her story: "I became involved in The Lee Spark NF Foundation after contracting Necrotising Fasciitis after a emergency c-section on 14th April 2005. I spent many months [...]

3 03, 2021

A few words on bereavement

2021-03-03T13:06:03+00:00 March 3rd, 2021|Latest News|

Every day those of us that are bereaved go through a day of emotional thoughts. The day of our loved ones passing will always be with us. The hours leading up to that passing. The minutes leading up to their passing also. This I personally think is the worse. The anxiety the feeling of helplessness [...]

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