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Natasha Allergy Research Foundation - Thank you

Tanya Laperouse
Tanya Laperouse
Founder and Trustee Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

Today, over two million people in the UK are living with diagnosed food allergies and many of them are children.  Unfortunately, medicine has no answers to difficult questions such as why an allergic reaction recovered from one day, can kill on another; why so many of our little ones are becoming allergic and why adults are becoming allergic to foods they have eaten safely all their lives?

My husband and I lost our 15-year-old daughter Natasha, in tragic circumstances when she ate a baguette where sesame seeds that she was allergic to weren’t listed on the ingredients label.  Following her inquest in 2018, we received so many letters from people telling us their allergy experiences, nearly all of them desperately heart-breaking to read. It led us to successfully campaign for Natasha’s Law, if you buy food that has been prepared, prepacked, and sold on the same premises, from 1st October it will have to carry a full ingredients label.

We launched the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation in 2019 to promote education and awareness of allergies in society and to raise funds for medical allergy research. Until now, allergy research has often been relegated to the margins. To begin to make a difference, we need large-scale, properly funded, and open-data research projects to enable science and medicine to respond to the spiralling needs of people with allergies.

Since 2020, Tesco has directly supported funding allergy research, by donating 10p from every Tesco own brand ‘Free From’ product sold in ‘World Allergy Week’ to The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. 

We are thrilled to announce that this year, they have raised a whopping £82,176!

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank the public who have supported us with such fierce loyalty since the charity’s launch and for buying Tesco own brand ‘Free From’ foods in ‘World Allergy Week’ in support of allergy research.

And thank you to Tesco for your generous partnership with The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation and for our shared vision and desire to help make allergy history.  

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