Nadim Ednan-Laperouse MBE and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse
Natasha’s 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 school food sector needs to play in getting ready now for the introduction of Natasha’s Law in October 2021 to safeguard children with food allergies.
In their own words:
Nadim Ednan-Laperouse MBE, Founder and Trustee, NARF
I am an MD of a toy company and I use my skills and knowledge for the good of Natasha’s foundation; to work towards funding essential allergy research with the aim of finding a cure for all and to also support changes in society essential for helping those living with this condition. This has become my drive and life’s goal. In July 2016 on that dreadful day that I lost my daughter, she cried out for me to help her. Her words will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was not able to help my child but I am determined that I will strive to help others through this foundation, which we have set up in her name.
Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, Founder and Trustee, NARF
Everything that I am, I owe to my daughter Natasha. She was a wonderful daughter, the very best and I learned so much from her. To those who knew her, she was a kind and loyal friend, she was brave, thoughtful and wise, funny, often hilarious, clever and so talented; to me always, my baby girl. I bring to our foundation 16 year’s experience in HR and PR and a great passion and desire to work towards giving allergy sufferers real hope and ultimately a cure. Until we find that cure, I will do everything I can to support allergy sufferers to manage and navigate their lives as safely as possible. It is too late for Natasha but there are many people just like her and they are all precious and deserve their lives and illness to be taken seriously.