When I started weaning Jumpy, her skin condition deteriorated. I had no idea what to do other than taking her to see doctors. Her mealtimes became increasingly stressful as her eczema seemed to be exacerbated by everything I was giving her. Diagnosis of multiple food allergies came at just over six months old after a trip to A&E triggered by a tiny piece of bread.
I was given a list of foods to avoid but still did not know where to look for information or reassurance. I wish someone had mentioned Allergy UK. I needed to talk to people who would understand, tell me everything was going to be fine and give me advice on what to read, where to find recipes. I felt helpless and completely useless as a mum. A mother is supposed to feed her children; not being able to do so was incredibly overwhelming.
Allergy UK are doing exactly what I needed at the time: they listen to parents’ worries, provide information and advice, offer training for medical professionals. They do a fantastic job raising awareness about allergies, educating people and lending a listening ear. This is why we decided to raise money for the charity and to support their annual fundraiser, ‘Give It Some Welly’.
Our fundraising started with a small ‘free from’ party at home this week. I had asked Jo, our Pampered Chef consultant, to make recipes that would be suitable for Jumpy. Avoiding eggs, dairy, wheat, all seeds and nuts is not an easy task, but Jo rose to the challenge with gusto, sharing with us two great recipes: chorizo risotto and artichoke dip. Those two recipes were simple to put together, and incredibly tasty.
On October 24th, the children (baby included!) and I will be wearing our wellies all day, from the minute we get out of bed to the minute we go to sleep. I will be posting photos all day on Instagram and Twitter using the following hashtag: #GiveItSomeWelly. It should be a great opportunity to engage in some outdoor fun, and we are now hoping for a rainy day so we can splash in puddles!
We would be really grateful if you decided to donate a pound or two. Here is the link to my JustGiving page. You could even take it a step further and wear your wellies all day on the 24th of October, giving the link to this page to your friends and family. If not, no worries at all! Just mention Allergy UK to anyone who thinks they might have an allergy.