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Support group will help allergy sufferers.

AN EDGERTON man is set to launch a support group aimed at people affected by severe allergies.

The group's first meeting is on September 15 at the Yorkshire Children's Centre at New North Parade in Huddersfield town centre.

It has been set up by Les Grif-fiths in conjunction with the Anaphylaxis Campaign, the only UK-wide charity to support people with severe, life threatening allergies.

Food allergies are thought to affect around 5 to 8% of children and 2 to 4% of adults.

Hospitals across the country dealt with more than 20,000 admissions for allergies between February 2013 and February 2014 and every year around 20 people will die from anaphylaxis.

Les said: "I helped start the group because living with severe allergies, whether allergic yourself or as a carer for someone else with anaphylaxis, can be really difficult and have a profound impact on your daily life.

"It can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety particularly if it's a child with anaphylaxis you're caring for.

"In the beginning, you worry that anything they eat could threaten their life.

"Helping others is, for me, a great way to regain some of the control you feel you've lost and provide some tangible support to those who are finding it hard to cope."

There are numerous 'triggers' to anaphylaxis.

The better known are nuts and stinging insects, but there are many others too including seafood, medications, latex, kiwi fruit, mustard seed and hair dyes.

Those who suffer can feel isolated and alone.

Finding and trusting foods is difficult and eating out can seem impossible.

Those attending the meetings will get the chance to share their experiences and get advice in a relaxed environment.

If they prove successful Les is hoping to offer other support groups in Brighouse, Halifax, Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds.

Lynne Regent, CEO of Anaphylaxis Campaign, said: "It's brilliant that Les has decided to run a support group for us in Huddersfield.

"Many people in the general population do not understand just how serious allergy and anaphylaxis can be.

"Our support groups, like the one Les is running, provide a vital touch point for affected families and individuals and are a really positive way for them to support each other. " Places are free but must be booked in advance.

Call 01252 546100 or email debbie@anaphylaxis.org.uk.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign can also be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @anaphylaxiscoms.

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