David Reading OBE is a former journalist who co-founded the Anaphylaxis Campaign after his 17-year-old daughter Sarah died of an allergic reaction to peanuts in October 1993.
David spent 34 years as a writer and editor with various publications across the UK, including a prominent food and drink journal. After the Anaphylaxis Campaign was founded in January 1994, he worked voluntarily for the organisation as its chairman, became part-time director in 1996, and became full-time director in the summer of 1999. He was awarded an OBE for his work in 2005.
David retired from full-time work with the Campaign at the end of 2009. He became Honorary President in May 2020 and works part-time for the organisation at its office in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Former Honorary President
The Anaphylaxis Campaign was deeply saddened to learn of the death of its Honorary President, Dr. William Frankland, on 2 April 2020 at the age of 108. Dr. Frankland MBE had supported the Campaign since it was founded in 1994.
Amongst his many achievements Dr. Frankland bought the pollen count to public attention and was assistant to Alexander Fleming (who famously discovered penicillin). Dr. Frankland had also made a significant contribution to a number of organisations which have raised the profile of allergy and spearheaded research into new treatments.
Read more in the series of articles “A Life in Allergy“ which originally appeared in Outlook, the membership magazine of the Anaphylaxis Campaign.