Nadim & Tanya Laperouse OBE
Founders, Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF)
Nadim and Tanya tragically lost their daughter, Natasha, following an allergic reaction to eating sesame seeds baked into the dough of a baguette. Following her death, they set up NARF with a clear vision to help and cure people with allergies. Tanya and Nadim will talk to us about the work of NARF funding and supporting pioneering allergy research and the role that the hospital food sector needs to play.
The tragic story of the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse touched the country’s heart. On 17th July 2016 Natasha tragically died from a severe allergic reaction caused by her unwittingly eating a baguette containing sesame seeds, to which she was allergic. Her high-profile inquest in 2018 was reported and followed around the world. The coroner’s hard-hitting conclusion that her death was preventable incensed our nation.
Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse founded the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation in the wake of Natasha’s death determined that no other family should have to suffer the same devastating and unnecessary loss that they did. Together with their son, Alex, they campaigned for Natasha’s Law, and with overwhelming support from the public during consultation, this major change to UK food labelling laws came into force from October 2021. It means that all food ‘pre-packed for direct sale’ must have a label that details all ingredients and allergens.
Today, Nadim and Tanya are Trustees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, giving a voice to the 2-3 million people in the UK living with food allergy. With a vision of making allergy history, Natasha’s Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to funding allergy medical research to prevent and eradicate allergic disease, starting with food allergy. The Foundation works to increase awareness and education about the dangers of food allergy and campaigns for policy change to create a world that is safe for all individuals living with allergies. This includes campaigning for the Government to appoint an Allergy Tsar.