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Allergy Heroes celebrated at glittering award ceremony

Allergy Heroes from across the UK were celebrated and congratulated last night at a special awards ceremony to raise awareness and recognise those who make a difference to the lives of people living with allergy.

Allergy UK’s Allergy Hero Awards took place last night (Thursday 26th April 2018) at Haberdasher’s Hall, London.  The evening recognises and celebrates unsung heroes who have either shown great support for someone living with allergy; done amazing things despite suffering from allergy themselves; or who have helped the 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK by doing their best to raise awareness and understanding of this often debilitating condition or have provided innovative research and treatments to improve symptoms of the disease.

The event showcased a number of inspiring stories, including that of Arlo Gillard-Moss.  Arlo was the winner of the Child Allergy Hero Award and was nominated for the positive and enthusiastic approach he takes to his multiple food allergies and won a public vote from three shortlisted nominees, to be named winner.  The six year old was presented his award by Dr Bill Frankland, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award who at 106, has dedicated his life to improving the understanding and treatment of allergic disease. 

Arlo said, "The awards were amazing, everyone was so kind. It was the best day of my life! I felt famous! Meeting Doctor Frankland was awesome. Thank you Allergy UK."

Patricia Herbert, winner of the Healthcare Professional Allergy Hero Award, added,

“I was really honoured to receive this award.  It’s been a pleasure to help lots of children across Cambridgeshire as it’s something I am really passionate about and would like to continue.”

Patricia won the award for adapting school meals for the organisation she works for to provide an inclusive service for all children regardless of their food allergy or intolerance.  She has worked tirelessly with parents, GPs and clinical dietitians to ensure that these children don't miss out on a hot school meal.  

The winners were:

  • Allergy UK’s Life Time Achievement Award – Dr Bill Frankland
  • Child Allergy Hero Award – Arlo Gillard-Moss
  • Allergy Hero Innovation Award – Milk Allergy in Primary Care Team
  • Community Allergy Hero Award – Over the Wall UK Charity
  • Friend, Family or Colleague Allergy Hero Award – Natalie Pullen
  • Hospital Clinical Team Allergy Heroes Award – Imperial College London Paediatric Research Unit Team
  • Healthcare Professional Allergy Hero Award – Patricia Herbert

Our Winners

The Child Allergy Hero Award, Friend, Family or Colleague Allergy Hero Award and Community Allergy Hero Award winners were chosen by an online public vote earlier this year. 

Carla Jones, Chief Executive of Allergy UK said,

“Allergy has a huge impact on the lives of the people that live with this disease every day and their families.  Around 21 million people in the UK with some form of allergic disease, and the number is rising, particularly children with food allergy and yet it remains misunderstood and even trivialised.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to both create awareness about allergy and also to celebrate our Allergy Heroes.  Last night was a wonderful celebration and we heard so many inspiring and positive stories about the amazing people out there who have done fantastic things and have shown such commitment to our common cause.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible, including all those who voted online for our three public vote awards and to everyone who attended to make the event so special.”

The event was also the launch of Allergy UK’s new video to help raise awareness and generate more understanding of the seriousness and impact allergy has on people with allergy.  The video features a number of case studies with different allergic conditions speaking of their experiences.  View the video here 

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