On Saturday 8th June, the Anaphylaxis Campaign were delighted to attend a fundraising dinner at St John’s College at Cambridge University, with the purpose of raising funds for our universities campaign. This was organised by Emma Dellar, a nurse at St John’s College, and Jacqui McPeake from Allergen Accreditation. We would like to say a special thank you to both Emma and Jacqui for organising such a wonderful event to help us in our work with universities.
Emma spoke about the event in her interview with St John’s Eagle Eye magazine:
“The aim of this event was to bring together different stakeholders to discuss ways to meet the needs of those at risk of anaphylaxis in university and HE/FE settings. It was a joint initiative by the Cambridge College Nurses, a leading allergen advisor who works with catering providers, and the Anaphylaxis Campaign. On the night there was a drinks reception, a four-course dinner including wine and port, and an opportunity to hear three amazing expert speakers.
It came about because currently schools can purchase and administer Adrenaline Auto-Injectors in an emergency. However, the 2017 legislation does not cover this provision in other educational settings despite the evidence that young adults are the most vulnerable. In an Anaphylaxis Campaign survey, 44% of young people admitted to not carrying their lifesaving AAI devices all the time, and around 20 people a year die from anaphylaxis.
Cambridge Colleges and the University have done a lot of work to support students at risk but there is more to be done and we would like to see a law change so there is national uniformity.”
Furthermore, as part of our universities campaign, we have recently produced a booklet to support university students with allergies which includes helpful tips and advice. Click here to download the booklet.