Today’s #fundraiserfriday star, Riley, is taking on the City of London Family Mile for a cause close to his heart – Allergy UK. This will be the second year in a row he has taken on this challenge alongside his family and will be hoping to improve on his time from last year. Fundraiser Riley is only two years old.
Riley, three in September, developed severe allergic reactions to egg, dairy, peanuts and almonds from birth, but was not fully diagnosed until he was 6 months old. It was an eye opener for his parents who hadn’t had to deal with allergies this serious before and it hugely limited the food and drink he could consume, including breast milk. His father, Robin, said;
“It starting with hives which didn’t disappear and then a lot of irritation and scratching. My wife had to fight to convince the GP that it was something more serious than they thought and finally referred us to an allergy specialist who confirmed his allergies. He’s had a few scares over the past two years, but he’s a real trooper and doesn’t let a reaction slow him down. The hardest times we face is when he cannot share birthday cake with his friends, but we’ve found some lovely vegan bakeries that he loves, so we tend to buy lots when we go!”
Last year, while he was still under two years old, Riley completed the Westminster Family Mile (encouraged by his dad, a keen runner himself) in 39 minutes. Riley is back, one year older, to take on the City of London Family Mile with his family and his 9 month old brother Reece, to improve his time and support Allergy UK, who provided a great deal of advice for Riley’s parents.
Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK. They provide a dedicated helpline, support network and online forum for those with allergy and intolerance. They also help to educate health care professionals who work with patients with allergic conditions.
How you can help
You can support Riley taking on his challenge by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.