Here at the Anaphylaxis Campaign, we’re lucky enough to have two wonderful celebrity Patrons to help promote and support us in our efforts to raise awareness of anaphylaxis and severe life threatening allergy.
Mark Foster, World Champion and Olympic Swimmer
Mark Foster is amongst the most successful British swimmers of all-time.
Specialising in short course (25 metre pool) and butterfly and freestyle at 50 metres, Mark has represented his country more times and been more decorated than any other male swimmer. Mark has held both the world record for 50m Freestyle and 50 Butterfly at the same time during a glittering career spanning three decades.
Mark has been a patron of the Anaphylaxis Campaign since May 2009. He won £10,000 for the Campaign in September 2009 by participating in ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ Mark has also assisted the Campaign by taking part in our new films, available on YouTube.
Mark’s good friend, Scottish athlete Ross Baillee, sadly died from anaphylaxis in 1999 shortly after having lunch following a training session.
Mark said “Before Ross’ death I did not realise that something you cannot see can be so dangerous. I want to make a difference and help people who also have severe allergies. This is why I became involved with the Anaphylaxis Campaign.”
Giorgio Locatelli, Michelin-Starred and Television Chef
Giorgio grew up in Northern Italy where his love for food and cooking was nurtured from an early age as his family ran a Michelin-starred restaurant. He has worked across Europe, from Italy to France, Switzerland to the UK. He’s been head chef at a prestigious London restaurant and has gone on to independently open a range of restaurants to critical acclaim, including most recently celebrity favourite, Locanda Locatelli. Giorgio’s has starred in many TV series, such as the BBC’s Italy Unpacked which explored Italy’s history, culture, food, art and landscape.
Giorgio’s daughter Margherita, 16, has multiple food allergies and severe eczema. Giorgio has previously reflected on the possibility of links between early exposure to a wide variety of foods and the development of allergies in children, something which his career as a chef may have influenced. Despite her allergies, Margherita is a great food lover and has even expressed an interest in following in her father’s food steps into the catering and hospitality industry & and who wouldn’t, with such a great teacher on hand!
Giorgio and wife, Plaxy, are pleased to be active patrons for The Anaphylaxis Campaign since 2012.
Jo Frost, Global Parenting Expert
Jo Frost brings her personal experience with food allergies, along with her childhood development expertise as a global parental expert and international celebrity status to the UK to help the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s work educating children, adolescents and adults about the issues of health and safety surrounding food allergies.
Jo Frost said; “As a global voice for those who live with life threatening allergies I am grateful to have the opportunity to join forces with an esteemed organisation like the Anaphylaxis Campaign. Together we will make strides in bringing awareness and education to communities and individuals who are less informed about this medical condition, creating inclusion and equality for those of us living with anaphylaxis.”
About Jo Frost:
Distinguished and beloved global parenting expert, Jo Frost, has been in our living rooms for over fifteen years. Both producing and starring in a variety of television shows including Supernanny, Family Matters, Family SOS, Extreme Parental Guidance and her newest show-Jo Frost; Nanny on Tour. For Jo, television has become her most successful medium to deliver her techniques and teachings to those who need them most with the repeats of past seasons becoming a vast library of step-by-step assistance for families. Furthermore, her six books on parenting, the most recent being: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules, have become the go-to guides for parents universally; all of who value her no nonsense yet caring approach that has helped millions of families across the world to achieve what they believed unachievable.
Jo Frost is the most recognizable and trusted parental expert and family advocate worldwide. Earning this reputation through over two decades of expert execution of professional and highly effective advice to millions of families. Frost has always had a natural gift for connecting with children on their own level, and moreover organically connecting both parent and child.