The Anaphylaxis Campaign, the only UK-wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions, has welcomed a new Education Ambassador to help raise awareness and create a safer environment for those with allergies in schools.
Every school is likely to have at least one pupil who is severely allergic to a type of food, and many schools will have more. Hospital admissions for food induced anaphylaxis have increased between 1998 and 2018, admissions in children aged 15 and younger increased from 2.1 to 9.3 per 100,000 population per year. Sadly, 66 school-aged children have died from food anaphylaxis in the same time period
The Charity’s Making Schools Safer Campaign provides schools with the knowledge and expertise to support severely allergic children. As part of the project, the Campaign has produced a number of resources for schools, and Tracey will spend time working with the Campaign developing these resources further.
Tracey Dunn has been a primary teacher for over 25 years and a Head Teacher for over 10 years. Managing allergies in school has become a key part of Tracey’s work and her interest in this area has grown since her own child was diagnosed with a serious allergy. Tracey has worked with the local Primary Care Trust and the Local Authority to develop more effective training and risk management for staff. Tracey has previously presented at the Campaign’s Healthcare Conferences offering her insight into best practices.
Tracey Dunn said:
“It is a privilege to be the first Education Ambassador for the Anaphylaxis Campaign. I’m passionate that all children with allergies should be safe and fully included in school. I’m excited to be able to work with the Anaphylaxis Campaign to achieve this.”
Lynne Regent, Anaphylaxis Campaign CEO said:
“We are excited to launch Tracey as our first Education Ambassador, Tracey is extremely professional, highly regarded and truly understands the challenges for those at risk and will be a strong voice behind advocating the work we do.”