Allergy UK celebrates remarkable work of Dr William Frankland
Allergy UK was honoured to nominate 105 year old Dr. William Frankland for a Special Recognition Award in the Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards for his ground breaking work in the field of allergic disease. The awards celebrate the NHS and staff and there were nine awards including best nurse, best midwife and ultimate lifesaver. Celebrities who attended the award event on 11th October included stars from the TV series ‘Call the Midwife’, Penny Lancaster and Andrea McLean from Loose Women. NHS England boss Simon Stevens thanked the Sun. He said: “It is wonderful to come to an event like this and celebrate some of the people who help make the NHS what it is today.”
Dr. Frankland’s career spans a time of huge advance in the understanding of the mechanisms of allergy. As far back as the 1950s his work was changing the ways in which allergy was viewed and treated and he and his colleagues were producing allergen vaccines to treat patients at St Mary’s in London, with thousands of patients receiving pre-season vaccines to alleviate the misery of hay fever. Now Allergen immunisation is extended to many other types of allergens, improving quality of life for millions of people with chronic and often distressing allergic conditions.
As the leading patient organisation for the millions of people who live with allergic disease, Allergy UK owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Dr. Frankland for the work he has done in the field and his dedication to improving the understanding and treatment of allergic disease.
Allergy UK CEO Carla Jones says: “His work continues to inform the advice and help we provide to the thousands of people who contact us every year for help. And his contribution is evident in the many patients, students and colleagues who have great admiration for him as a distinguished physician and teacher”.
Picture shows our CEO Carla Jones (right) at the awards event with Dr. Frankland and Andrea McLean, with his special recognition award.