28 Dec 2014
Allergy Adventures - the highlights of 2014
Posted: 28 Dec 2014
I'm going to start with a huge thank you. And I'm talking to YOU lovely reader! This year, your support has helped me through the highs and lows (yes there have been a few). And if you've missed out on freebie downloads and highlights this year, I've picked out the best bits below.
So here's what happened:
Jan 2014 - Allergy Adventures was awarded a Wellcome Trust Grant
The year started off on a high when I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Grant to develop an allergy workshop for schools. I'd spent two months writing the proposal in October 2013, and the hard work paid off. 2014 has been spent working hard on the project, but the end is in sight! Watch out for more news of the workshop in 2015.
March 2014 - practical help for baking without allergens
March saw the publication of the allergy baking substitution sheets. Produced with the help of 'free from' bakers Nia, Julia and Mel, these sheets give practical advice for substituting ingredients, and adapting recipes to make them free from the most common allergens. Download the baking substitution sheets.
May 2014 - Jamie Oliver retweeted the link to my blog!
I know I shouldn't be star struck by a celebrity endorsement...but I am! When Jamie organised his Food Revolution Day in May, I tweaked his Rainbow Salad Wrap recipe so that children with allergies could join in the foodie fun. And there was plenty of air punching (by me) when the great food maestro himself retweeted my tweet! See the blog here.
Also in May 2014 - I started road testing the online schools workshop
After months in my editing and planning cave, I was ready to test the first of four lessons for the school workshop on real, live children! The feedback was really positive from parents, children and teachers. But it was only the start, as the next three lessons required mammoth amounts of energy, patience and effort... and gallons of coffee.
The school workshop has been the hardest thing I've ever done and has involved hours (and hours), juggled with everything else that I've been working on this year. I'll come clean and admit that it has broken me a few times, but then a supportive message would arrive via Facebook or Twitter and I'd be ready to face it again. Thank you for all your support and encouragement; it has definitely kept me going.
June 2014 - the #oddspot competition unearthed allergens in strange places
Milk in clothes? Wheat in shampoo? You unearthed some real shockers during the #oddspot competition. It was astonishing, and alarming, to see where allergens are lurking. See the list of allergens in odd places.
June 2014 - The Sun mentioned my books!
I was amazed when a friend sent me a clip from The Sun. There it was in black and white; a recommendation to buy my books. Boom! Very exciting. And *cough* if you haven't already bought a copy of my books, you can buy them here.
July and October 2014 - Allergy Adventures toured the Free From & Allergy shows
I had a blast at the Allergy shows in London and Liverpool, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. There was dancing, stories, Paper Plate Mates and lots of happy kids. Love it. Roll on next year!
August 2014 - I featured in a Sainsbury's video to educate suppliers and employees
My niece, sister and I took part in a Sainsbury's training video to help promote allergy awareness. It's brilliant to see one of the big 4 supermarkets taking food allergies so seriously. And of course the little lady was ecstatic with her 15 seconds of fame. Read more here.
December 2014 - Allergy Adventures' YouTube Channel reaches a milestone!
Christmas came early for me when I realised Allergy Adventures' YouTube channel passed 10,000 views! Big thanks to all those who've watched, liked and shared. There's plenty more where that came from in 2015 ;)
The FINALÉ - throughout 2014 the Allergy Adventures' Passport Pack launches in three new hospitals
It was very exciting when hospitals in Great Yarmouth, London and Colchester adopted the Passport Packs. There has been great feedback from parents and staff and even an article in the Colchester Gazette! I'm in talks with more hospitals about introducing the Passport Packs, so watch out for more announcements next year.
So those are the highlights from my year. And now I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year, see you in 2015! It's going to be a big year, I can feel it ;)comments powered by Disqus