The Anaphylaxis Campaign would like to welcome our new youth ambassador Dan Kelly, founder of the ‘May Contain’ blog (Instagram @_maycontain) and podcast, who will be working with us to support and empower young people living with severe allergies.
Dan has been living with a severe nut allergy since the age of five and at thirteen years old, he first became involved with the Anaphylaxis Campaign by attending one of our teen activity days. Dan has since used his experience of growing up with an allergy to launch a blog which helps young people to feel more confident when it comes to managing their allergies.
As part of our 2020 programme of support, we’re putting communications to young people at the forefront of our agenda. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, we were developing a calendar of activity days whereby teens can meet, share their experiences and increase their confidence. Dan will be integral in these events once restrictions have been lifted.
Dan has kicked off his new role by launching our Awareness Week social media campaign with a short video describing how living with allergies has had a positive impact on his life. We are encouraging other social media users to get involved with the campaign to help share messages of strength during these challenging times. Find out more here.
Dan Kelly, says:
“Over 14 years ago I attended one of the Anaphylaxis Campaign teenagers’ activity away holidays in the Lake District. I still remember this holiday so vividly, it was the first time I didn’t feel alone and met other teenagers my age living with severe allergies.
I’m really grateful to be in the position I am today to work alongside the Anaphylaxis Campaign as their youth ambassador. I’m incredibly proud to be working with such an incredible charity, which has taught me during my teenage years to embrace my allergy. I am looking forward to giving back and working alongside other teenagers growing up with severe allergies over the next coming months.”
May Contain podcast
Dan Kelly interviews a range of different guests on his podcast May Contain about their experiences and why they want to make a difference to the allergy world. In his latest podcast, Dan speaks to our patron, World Champion swimmer Mark Foster who shares his story of the death of his friend Ross Baille from anaphylaxis.
Issues affecting young people with allergies
Young people are frequently recognised as being the most at risk of anaphylaxis due to a decrease in parental support as they reach adulthood, increased risk-taking as they experiment with new foods and travel alone or with friends, as well as a reluctance to share information or carry their adrenaline auto-injectors – the life-saving medication used to treat anaphylaxis.
At the Campaign, we are responding to increasing demand for support for young people aged 11-17 years and in partnership with Dan, a long-time follower and supporter of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, we hope to provide more support for this at-risk group.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign already provides a wealth of resources and information aimed at young people, and now working alongside Dan, we are excited about developing these initiatives further with the aim of becoming the ‘go-to’ charity for young people living with severe allergies across the UK.