Give It Some Welly!

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.
Give it Some Welly - Artichoke Dip

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.

Give it Some Welly for Allergy UK

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  1. liquoriceuk
    11/10/2014 / 8:48 pm

    That’s a great challenge – love the idea of that and good luck with the fundraising. How very stressful those early days of weaning Jumpy must have been – I can’t imagine the worry you must have gone through. So glad you managed to find Allergy UK and get some advice and support from them.

    • 11/10/2014 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks lovely! Allergy UK are really doing a great job and I am glad I can raise awareness about their work through my little blog. x

  2. 12/10/2014 / 10:37 pm

    What a horrible experience! So happy you found an organization like Allergy UK that actually functioned properly and supported you through this time.
    We might have to join in your hashtag and bring #Giveitsomewelly to Sweden too <3

    • 12/10/2014 / 11:34 pm

      It would be brilliant if you could join #GiveItSomeWelly on October 24th! xxx

  3. 12/10/2014 / 11:04 pm

    What a great fundraiser – wearing wellies all day sounds WAY better than doing something daft like running a marathon! 🙂 I’m so glad you found Allergy UK and that they were able to help you – it must have been so hard at first! That chorizo risotto sounds scrummy too. #MBPW

    • 12/10/2014 / 11:15 pm

      Oh don’t say that! I would never be able to run a marathon, so wellies for the whole family it is!

      • 12/10/2014 / 11:26 pm

        I really think the wellies thing is a great idea. Just like I think the Macmillan coffee mornings is a great idea. I’m just as likely to donate money for sitting around eating cake and wearing wellies as I am to somebody who swims across the channel or climbs Ben Nevis. It’s all about the charity and raising awareness – not actually what you’re doing. 🙂

        • 12/10/2014 / 11:46 pm

          I have to say I love the idea, too! It is quirky and if it raises awareness about Allergy UK and how they help people, then let’s all wear wellies! I quite fancy a day in the rain with the kids (fingers crossed).

  4. 13/10/2014 / 9:47 am

    Je crois que c’est un beau engagement Mel! Les allergies alimentaires sont tellement difficile à diagnostiquer j’imagine que on est un peu perdu quand quelque chose comme ça arrive. Heureusement qu’existent ces types des initiatives pour guider les parents et chercher des solutions ensemble. Belle idée 😉

    • 13/10/2014 / 10:53 am

      Merci Eva. Ce n’est pas facile tous les jours, mais au moins, on sait quoi exclure de son alimentation. Les personnes qui travaillent pour Allergy UK font vraiment un bon boulot.

  5. 13/10/2014 / 10:22 am

    What a great cause for raising money, I can only imagine how stressful it must be to have a baby who’s allergic to a lot of different types of food. I hope that your fundraising goes well and if I remember I might even join in the hashtag on twitter and instagram too.

    • 13/10/2014 / 11:08 am

      Thanks Fiona. It would be amazing if you could join in with the hashtag on the day!

      • 13/10/2014 / 11:19 am

        drop me a quick tweet on the morning as a reminder and I’ll do my bit x

        • 13/10/2014 / 8:48 pm

          I will, thanks lovely lady! Xxx

  6. 13/10/2014 / 11:45 am

    Goodluck with this event! Maybe we can join in the wellies all day as well. I’ll see if we can =) #countrykids

    • 13/10/2014 / 8:50 pm

      That would be so sweet of you, thanks Merlinda!

  7. 15/10/2014 / 8:56 am

    The dip sounds delicious!!!
    Love the wellies to raise awareness such a cute idea! x

    • 15/10/2014 / 9:22 am

      Thanks lovely. The dip was really yummy!

  8. 15/10/2014 / 9:08 am

    Allergy UK sounds great – my Other Half has eczema and its a never ending battle of trial and error sometimes when something new irritates his skin. He’s going for some light therapy soon so hoping that’ll help a bit,

    • 15/10/2014 / 9:22 am

      Light therapy sounds good. My girls’ skin is so much better after a bit of sun.

  9. lifeatthelittlewood
    15/10/2014 / 11:22 am

    What a great charity, and a brilliant idea for fundraising! My friends two children are allergic to wheat, dairy and soya, and I know it’s a daily struggle for her to find foods that they can have, particularly when they are at birthday parties and school. It’s wonderful that you are raising money to support an organisation that may help with this! Xx #sharewithme

    • 22/10/2014 / 11:18 am

      It is a great charity. I am now planning her ‘free from’ birthday party and I have to say a lot of my usual party foods are out of the equation.

  10. Carie
    15/10/2014 / 2:21 pm

    That sounds like a great fundraiser and a great cause too – fingers crossed you get some good puddles to slash in – or there’s always the bath…!

    • 22/10/2014 / 11:19 am

      We are planning to spend the major part of the day outdoors, but the bath sounds great to warm up afterwards!

  11. 16/10/2014 / 10:31 am

    Great cause, very much needed support for sufferers and their families. I hope you get to have some splashing about fun in your wellies 🙂

    • 18/10/2014 / 12:52 am

      I am sure we will! I am now hoping for a cold, wet day!

  12. 16/10/2014 / 2:00 pm

    Such a great organisation, and brilliant of you to get involved with the fundraising! I’ll be looking out for you all in your wellies 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

    • 16/10/2014 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks Sara! They really make a difference to people’s lives.

  13. 16/10/2014 / 2:08 pm

    Mel this is absolutely fantastic. I shared it on my facebook page too and the link to give a donation! What a great thing to support as another parent here of a child with allergies I think more needs to be educated and the word spread. You are doing amazing to do just that. The recipes sound yummy too! thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 16/10/2014 / 4:15 pm

      This is so kind of you, hun. I really appreciate it. Seeing your donation brought tears to my eyes. I never thought I would be part of such a wonderful community when I started blogging. xxx

      • 16/10/2014 / 6:05 pm

        Your post did the same for me. I know how hard it is and the change of life is brings. Great cause I really was only saying to Morgana the other day that I would love to get more involved in a charity that has to do with allergy etc.

        • 16/10/2014 / 8:46 pm

          Do you fancy joining in with #GiveItSomeWelly on 24/10 and wearing your wellies all day? x

          • 16/10/2014 / 8:48 pm

            What do I need to do hun? I have swimming lesson am I allowed to take them off. Hahahah

          • 16/10/2014 / 8:55 pm

            OK, I think you can allow you to take them off for the swimming lesson, but you have to have them back on as soon as you are out of the pool, hi hi!

          • 16/10/2014 / 10:18 pm

            Hahaha sounds great tweet me before my brain isn’t working lately but would love to join in!!!

          • 16/10/2014 / 10:39 pm

            I will! No brain either around here if that makes you feel better.

          • 16/10/2014 / 9:06 pm

            Sorry lovely, the swimming lesson bit made me forget about the rest! All you have to do is wear your wellies all day (all of us will, even baby!) and post photos on Twitter or Facebook (I will do on Instagram I think) using the hashtag (#GiveItSomeWelly). x

  14. 16/10/2014 / 8:51 pm

    What a great idea Mel, you will have a donation from me shortly! I really sympathise as Freddie and Sasha, whilst they don’t have sever allergies, both have food intolerances. Freddie is really sensitive to cow dairy as before we cut it out he had really bad eczema. 3 months without it and his skin is so much better. What we eat can make such a huge difference to our bodies. x

    • 16/10/2014 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks a lot, Becky! Intolerances are as bad as allergies. Whatever makes you unwell simply has to be cut out of your diet so you can be yourself again. Eating is my favourite hobby (there, I said it!), but when what you eat has an impact on your health, you have to find alternatives. We have found that quite tough. Has Freddie tried yoghurts made with coconut milk? I bought some for the first time last week and I could not believe they were not ‘real’ yoghurts. They were creamy and delicious with a bit of jam. I tried stealing Jumpy’s yoghurt, but she did not let me!

      • 16/10/2014 / 9:39 pm

        No, we haven’t tried coconut ones yet! Where did you get them from? x

        • 17/10/2014 / 9:54 pm

          We bought the plain ones from the Coconut Collaborative in Waitrose. They are really yummy!

  15. 17/10/2014 / 3:38 pm

    I found this super informative, Elodie my daughter has started to get disc like patches of what I assume is eczema since weaning began. Thankfully it isn’t bothering her and it’s easily controlled. Going to check out Allergy UK now xx

    • 22/10/2014 / 11:22 am

      Thanks beautiful. I hope you find the information you need on their website. The National Eczema Society’s website is fab as well and they have a brilliant helpline, too! Beanie gets the same type of eczema as Elodie. Very thick ointments generally work well for my little girl.

    • 22/10/2014 / 11:54 am

      Any allergy is a pain as you have to be vigilant all the time. I hope my little grows out of most of them so she can enjoy any food she likes without having to worry.

  16. 18/10/2014 / 8:45 am

    What a great thing to do! I didn’t realise this existed. The pampered chef lady foods sound great. I will try and pop over and sponsor you a bit later 🙂 Thanks for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

    • 18/10/2014 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks my lovely! Jo is brilliant. She always shares quick and easy recipes.

  17. 22/10/2014 / 1:50 pm

    What a fantastic idea. Good luck with your fundraising and it sounds like you are raising alot of awareness too by your blog alone.

    • 22/10/2014 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks lovely. I am definitely trying to raise awareness. Allergy UK are doing such a great job; people need to know about them! I wish I had been aware of them when Jumpy was first diagnosed. If only someone, anyone had mentioned them, that would have saved me a fair few meltdowns.

  18. 22/10/2014 / 8:46 pm

    Best of luck with your challenge on Friday! The weather forecast looks like rain so perfectly for you (!!) – and what a great way to involve the children xx

    • 22/10/2014 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks lovely! Looking forward to the rain.

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