The three of us formed Resilience + Co in 2016. Tom, a quadruple amputee and sepsis survivor, Nic, his wife and carer, and Pippa, a clinician, have two major ambitions:

– To reduce suffering and death by raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatment of sepsis.

– To inspire and motivate people to take charge of their personal and professional resilience.



We tour the country speaking to a wide variety of audiences at national conferences, running masterclasses for smaller groups, and showing the film “Starfish” following it with question and answer sessions.

Starfish is an extraordinary portrayal of the massive impact late diagnosis of sepsis had on Tom and Nic’s lives, their struggle to keep the family together, and an extraordinary story of love and determination.

In addition, Pippa leads the conversation on resilience.  There are times when everyone has to adapt to trauma and challenge so the trio share their perspectives on techniques and coping mechanisms which they have developed in the face of adversity.

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In 2016 Tom and Nic’s story was made into the feature film, Starfish. Starring Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley, the film tells the gritty reality of sepsis, and how we picked up the pieces and returned to life. Collaborating closely with the production team was an extraordinary process and a fantastic opportunity to spread global awareness of the condition. Tom has now written Starfish, the book – an exceptional piece that is simultaneously brutal, honest, shocking, and funny.  Starfish in all its forms pays respect to all those husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and friends who have been affected by sepsis.

Starfish the film and book

Sepsis does not discriminate and can strike without warning at any time and moves fast. We want to share our messages to as many audiences and individuals as possible, please do get in touch.

Pippa Bagnall  –  Executive Director  –  Resilience + Co
mob: +44 (0)7850428719

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Nic Ray


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