It’s not very often I get startstruck but watching Dr William Franklin receive the lifetime achievement award at the Allergy UK Hero Awards last week took my breath away.
He is a pioneer of allergy research, discovering the potential for pollen immunotherapy back in the 1950s, and at 106 years old is still dedicated to understanding allergic disease.
At the other end of the age spectrum, 6 year old Arlo Gillard-Moss accepted his Child Hero Award from Dr Franlkin for his positive approach to his multiple allergies and helping other children living with them. There were also awards for the amazing iMAP team who have developed a series of guidelines for treating milk allergy in primary care and a a dietician in Cambridgeshire who has been creating inclusive school meals for children with food allergies.
It was an inspiring evening and I was honoured to be part of it. The first Allergy UK Hero Awards in 2016 were emotional and so were these, full of stories of those who are helping others and those who sadly have lost the fight.
This video shares some of those stories:
The winners were:
- Allergy UK’s Life Time Achievement Award – Dr Bill Frankland
- Child Allergy Hero Award – Arlo Gillard-Moss
- Allergy Hero Innovation Award – Milk Allergy in Primary Care Team
- Community Allergy Hero Award – Over the Wall UK Charity
- Friend, Family or Colleague Allergy Hero Award – Natalie Pullen
- Hospital Clinical Team Allergy Heroes Award – Imperial College London Paediatric Research Unit Team
- Healthcare Professional Allergy Hero Award – Patricia Herbert
Find out more at Allergy UK.