The Food Allergy Support Group is run by the Paeds Allergy Team at St Mary’s hospital – it aims to give support to parents and siblings of children who suffer from food allergies, a very common condition which can have detrimental impacts not just physically, but psychologically and socially. Imagine if you were a first time Mum and your 5-year old child was diagnosed as touch allergic to peanuts? Would you let your child go to parties with other children? Would you be comfortable allowing them to carry an epipen injection in case of anaphylaxis? Would you exclude anything that has touched peanuts in your whole family’s diet?
The Group is usually led by one of the academic allergy consultants from St Mary’s, with support from Katherine Phillips, a research allergy nurse, who runs the show. The Group runs approximately every 2 months in London and the next one is 18th May 2013 in the ASDA in Roehampton (a short bus ride from Hammersmith). We are looking for 2 enthusiastic volunteers to help Katherine on the day by making tea and drinks for the families and playing with the children! It will only take a few hours of your time, is great fun and will give you a huge insight into the impact of allergies on children, but also that there is a lot that can be done to help these families bring up their children as normally as possible.
For more info, check out http://www.allergysupportgroup.org.uk/
If you are interested in helping out, please email Alex, firstname.lastname@example.org