Professor Stephen Holgate
That anyone should die from anaphylaxis or any other manifestation of allergy in the 21st century is a real tragedy. Having spent the last 40 or so years trying to get allergy recognised as a serious medical problem whose incidence continues to increase, Natasha’s untimely death shines a shameful light on the low priority that allergy has been given and the lack funding for meaningful research. The UK has among the worst outcomes for the treatment of ALL allergic diseases (anaphylaxis, food allergy, asthma, rhinitis eczema, urticaria etc.) when compared to the rest of Europe. The dreadful current UK Allergy Health Statistics must be reversed.
“We are amid an allergy epidemic linked to modern lifestyle and as an Ambassador to the Foundation, it will be a much needed challenge to create the necessary environment for joined-up research aimed at erradicating allergy and asthma once and for all”
- Professor Holgate
Jeremy Hyam QC first met the Ednan-Laperouse family when he was instructed by Leigh Day to represent them at the inquest into the tragic death of their daughter Natasha. He is an experienced barrister in clinical negligence, human rights and public law who has featured in many human rights and healthcare cases and legal publications. Jeremy is delighted to be an ambassador for the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation.
“It is a privilege to be invited to be an Ambassador for the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. I hope to be able to make a real contribution to the work of the charity in raising awareness and funding to improve the understanding, care and treatment of allergy sufferers.”
- Jeremy Hyam QC
My sister Natasha was always so courageous and up for any challenge. We were competitive with each other and being two years older than me, she would usually win. Her allergies were never an excuse for her not to do the best that she could. They never defined her; it was her bubbly, fun and caring personality that made everyone love her. I miss my big sister so much and I’m determined to help change allergy sufferer’s lives for the better which is what she would want me to do. Her death will not be in vain and I will give justice to her memory.
“I never thought the day would come where I would get a phone call from my dad telling me that my sister was going to die in a few minutes and that I had to say my last goodbye. Her death was preventable and I will work tirelessly towards safeguarding others from a similar fate.”
- Natasha’s Brother
Natasha was my best friend, after years of seeing her struggle living with allergies, I watched her die from an allergic reaction and there was nothing I could do to help. So now I want to do everything I can to help the increasing number of people with allergies; if Natasha were still here, she would be passionately campaigning to do the same. Her drive to do good in the world and caring character was so inspiring. I am keen to see change in people’s perceptions and understanding of allergies in all age groups. I am now starting my degree in Biology, eager to learn more about the causes and treatment for allergies. I will do everything in my power to help this charity find a cure and make real difference in society.