I’ve wanted to raise money for a charity for the longest time. It wasn’t until reading Tara’s post that I got inspired! There are two charities that are close to my heart: Alopecia UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign.
This year, I’ve pledged to raise money for both charities! I have yet to decide how I want to raise money for Alopecia UK, but I will keep you all updated!
However… in September 2017, I will be trekking 26.2 miles around London to raise money, support and awareness for The Anaphylaxis Campaign.
WHAT IS ANAPHYLAXIS?
“Anaphylaxis” (pronounced anna-fill-ax-is) is used to describe to describe an extreme and severe allergic reaction. The whole body is affected, often within minutes of exposure to the substance which triggers the allergic reaction (called the allergy trigger or allergen), though sometimes it may be after a few hours.
I got diagnosed with a nut allergy, alongside other foods, when I was a child. I don’t ever remember not carrying allergy tablets or my EpiPen. Throughout my life, I have suffered from allergic reactions due to a mix up of spoons with dishes that contain nuts or being giving food by someone who didn’t know I had a nut allergy. Ending up in the hospital is the worst feeling in the world.
I remember often minimising the problem with friends instead of actually teaching them. Teaching the people who are in your life day-to-day on how to handle an anaphylactic situation is important. How to spot the signs, how to use an EpiPen, what to do, etc.
It is important that people know how life threatening these allergic reactions are to a person. As they say: knowledge is power.
- https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/ for more information
- https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/london-marathon-walk to read more about the walk
- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chynna-Webley please donate what you can, as every little helps!
The grading for this walk is tough, and in my head, I’m thinking 26.2 miles is nothing! We’ll see come September, huh? In the meantime, you’ll see me hitting the gym and walking around my local area in an attempt to get fit.
*starts playing Rocky theme tune*