Thank you for taking the time to read this report. We are passionate about what we do and very proud of what we have achieved over the past year. Allergy UK is the leading patient charity for the allergic community. We play a central role in raising awareness of the causes and impact of allergic disease, and advocate for better knowledge, improved services, and increased resources.
This report describes everything Allergy UK has achieved over the past year and informs our future priorities. Over the period, we faced many challenges, not least recovering from the COVID pandemic which impacted every aspect of our work but, despite that, has also been an exciting and hugely rewarding year for Allergy UK. Coming out of the pandemic, we have laid the foundations to strengthen and expand work in several key areas including campaigning, lobbying government, supporting volunteers and fundraising. We are also putting resources into new activities that the allergic community have told us are important.
These include, engaging young people, and providing training and support for the catering sector.
Last year, we commissioned the largest-ever attitudinal survey towards allergies in the UK. The survey sought to gauge the attitudes and sentiment toward allergy sufferers and uncovered previously overlooked psychological impacts, such as anxiety, depression and a sense of desperation. This forms the basis for our forthcoming national awareness campaign ‘It’s Time to Take Allergy Seriously’ which aims to educate the public on how far-reaching the consequences of having an allergy can be for the quality of life of those who are affected.
We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our partners, volunteers, board members and staff team, who continue to provide support and trust in what we do. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
Carla Jones, CEO