A Sudbury woman is starting a support group to help others affected by severe allergies,
Julie Smith’s support group is run in conjunction with the Anaphylaxis Campaign, the only UK-wide charity to support people with life-threatening allergies.
She said: “I helped start the group because living with severe allergies, whether allergic yourself or as a carer for someone else with anaphylaxis, can be really difficult and have a profound impact on your daily life. It can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety – particularly if it’s a child with anaphylaxis you’re caring for. In the beginning, you worry that anything they eat could threaten their life.
“Helping others is, for me, a great way to regain some of the control you feel you’ve lost and provide some tangible support to those who are finding it hard to cope.”
Food allergies are thought to affect around 5-8 per cent of children and 2-4 per cent of adults. NHS hospitals in England dealt with over 20,000 admissions for allergies in 2013-14.
Every year around 20 people will die from it.
Anaphylaxis Campaign CEO, Lynne Regent said: “Many people in the general population do not understand just how serious allergy and anaphylaxis can be.”
The group’s next meeting will be on June 19 at Sudbury Quaker Meeting House, Friars Street, Sudbury, from 10am-noon. Booking essential, on 01252 546100.