Our family of fundraisers raise vital funds throughout the year to support those at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. We are forever grateful to every single one of them for their commitment and enthusiasm – thank you! And, of course, to those that support all their efforts too. As we celebrate their achievements, we hope you’ll be inspired to get involved and join our fundraising hall of fame…
The Carey Family
Owen tragically died in April 2017 after suffering a severe allergic reaction to food while eating out in London to celebrate his birthday. He had just turned 18. His family and friends have devoted themselves to raising awareness of severe allergies in adolescents and young adults, and are at the heart of our fundraising family.
From Owen’s brother and brother-in-law proudly running the London Marathon in 2018, to Owen’s 12 year old nephew, Gulliver, bravely cutting his hair after four years of growing it long to be ‘just like Uncle Owen’, and everything in between – with every challenge faced, the Carey family has loyally supported the Anaphylaxis Campaign and we couldn’t be more grateful.
We are supporting the Carey family as they take forward their campaign for a change in the law to require that allergens are clearly listed on menus in UK restaurants. For more information, please visit: owens-law.co.uk
11 year old Elliott has a severe allergy to nuts, peanuts, coconut and sesame, and was motivated to raise awareness of allergens among his school friends and football club teammates.
Joined by his twin sister, Poppy, Elliott raised a fantastic £556 selling Anaphylaxis Campaign wristbands during Allergy Awareness Week 2021. Well done and thank you!
Quizmaster Rhiannon raised an impressive £310 hosting a virtual family quiz night. At one point, there were 30 family members on screen, ranging from ages 5 to 60! Rhiannon, aged 14, has had an egg allergy since birth and reacts to trace amount of egg and even cross-contamination. Eating out is a big no-no for the family, as her allergy is so severe (although she does enjoy the fries in McDonald’s, as they are cooked on their own in the fryer!). Rhiannon was keen to do something positive with regards to her allergy, and we’re very grateful for her wonderful efforts.
19 year old Isobel lost her best friend, Connor, a few months into Year 7. He tragically died of a severe anaphylactic reaction to his nut allergy when eating a curry, despite Connor’s Mum having been assured by the Indian restaurant that the curry had been prepared in a completely safe, nut-free environment. Isobel has followed the Anaphylaxis Campaign ever since. Isobel decided to walk the long and tough Anglesey Coastal Trek challenge to raise money for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, something that she wanted to do more than anything. Isobel has massively surpassed her fundraising expectations and is beyond grateful to all her wonderful family and friends for being so supportive. Thank you so much to Isobel and your wonderful supporters!
Nine-year-old Oliver wanted to raise money for the Anaphylaxis Campaign to help people with severe with allergies – just like his little brother, Owen, aged 6. Owen was diagnosed with a severe allergy to peanuts at just 7 months old. Oliver spent over 24 hours on his 8ft trampoline, jumping, eating and sleeping on there – only coming off for toilet breaks! His family and friends generously supported him, and Oliver raised over £1,200 for the Anaphylaxis Campaign – incredible! His family were super proud, as are we! Thank you so much Oliver and to everyone that contributed to his achievement.
Paula and her 14 year old daughter, Hazel, have proven on more than one occasion that they are super supporters of the Anaphylaxis Campaign. Having a severe nut allergy, Hazel has shown others that baking and eating cakes can still be fun by holding bake sales, Her family and friends have also been colourful in raising money by taking part in ‘Glow in the Dark’ events, and other sponsored activities too – even during lockdown. To crop it all (pardon the pun), Hazel had her long hair cut off to add to her fundraising CV and raise even more for the charity! Thank you so much Paula and Hazel for being such terrific supporters of ours.