With parties, festive food and treats, we recognise that Christmas can be a time of increased risk and anxiety for both children with allergies and their parents. That is why we have sent a newsletter to over 26,000 schools to provide information and support to help schools navigate those risks. We hope our fun event ideas can not only help create fun lesson plans for the whole class but can also help to raise much needed awareness and funds to support children with severe allergies.
Schools Allergy Bake Off Challenge
To help you get into the festive spirit whilst also raising awareness of allergies within your school we have created a free fundraising pack which contains everything you need to successfully hold an ‘allergy friendly’ fundraising bake sale, which avoids some of the key allergens.
The pack contains recipes from nutritionist and allergies expert Tanya Wright’s best-selling cookbook “I’m Hungry”, in which she provides a range of easy to prepare recipes, which are free from some of the main allergens:- Milk, Soya, Egg, Wheat and Gluten.
As well as recipe cards, you’ll also find safety information, fundraising tips, promotional posters, price labels and ingredients labels. Download your pack today and start prepping for your own Allergy Bake Off Challenge!
Download your fundraising pack!
Our fundraising pack has everything you need to start your Bake off Challenge, this can be done at any time during the year and is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy! This activity is also a great way to help the Anaphylaxis Campaign raise much needed funds! Download your Schools Allergy Bake-Off Initiative
Top tips for keeping children allergy safe at Christmas
- Chocolate: Take care when offering chocolate to children with allergies. Bear in mind that selection packs, Christmas tree chocolates and treats from, often get passed around without their packaging, which contains key allergen information.
- Parties: Take care when using balloons at your Christmas parties, children with a latex allergy could have a reaction to airborne latex allergens from the balloons. Ensure that you have party prizes or safe treats for children with allergies, these could be supplied, or suggested by the child’s parents.
- Sweet treats: Many Christmas treats commonly contain Marzipan, a sweet paste which is made from two key allergens, ground-almond and egg-whites.
- Xmas lunch: Ensure that staff are aware of any children with allergies before the Christmas lunch. Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies are made with a host of ingredients that are unsuitable for those with allergies to; cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, tree nuts and sulphur dioxide/sulphites used as a preservative.
- Cookery: Any Christmas cookery within lessons will require additional planning and thought if children with allergies are present. Take time to ensure that food preparation areas are cleaned and that ingredients are checked with all parents before going ahead.
- Be prepared! Ensure all staff are trained on the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to use an adrenaline auto-injector. Check that adrenaline auto-injectors are easy to access and in date. If a severe allergic reaction does occur, act quickly. Call 999 and ensure that you use the term ‘anaphylaxis’ and not ‘allergic reaction’
How else can the Anaphylaxis Campaign help you become Allergy Aware?
Teaching children and staff the importance of helping those living with severe allergies, is vital in helping to achieve our ultimate aim of creating safer environment for all people with allergies. To help your school become allergy aware, we have created School Allergy Awareness Resources Pack which will allow you to facilitate an allergy awareness session with the whole school. This includes materials such as a lesson plan, presentation and worksheets. You can download your pack here.
You can also take our free online e-learning course AllergyWise for Schools is designed to ensure that all staff:
- Understand how to safeguard children with allergies
- Are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
- Know how to provide emergency treatment
We hope that this information will be useful to help your school be allergy aware over the festive period. If your school would like to find out about other ways that you can get involved throughout the year please get in touch.