Moovember

Image copyright CMPA Support
Image copyright CMPA Support

CMPA Support is a small charity that supports families with children affected by cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA).  This is the most common food allergy in babies and affects 3% – 7% of babies worldwide.  However they also go beyond cow’s milk as many babies with CMPA go on to develop further allergies and intolerances.  They provide information for parents on symptoms, diagnosis, management, weaning and safe foods on their website, as well as providing support via their Facebook groups.  This support is vital because this is a growing problem which many GPs and health visitors and even paediatricians are not familiar with, and so it can be difficult to get the right diagnosis and treatment.  There can also be long waiting lists to see paediatricians and dieticians, and in the meantime parents have to figure out for themselves what their child can safely eat.  This month is their Moovember campaign to raise funds for their small charity which has helped so many families across the UK, including ours.  Here’s what they have to say:

So it is that time of year again… That’s right MOOvember time 🙂

Back in 2013 when our Facebook groups were relatively small and our charity was just beginning, a group of members had an idea of holding a sponsored “free from dairy” week, where they avoided all dairy in their diet.

Many members took part in the event in November, and they aptly named it MOOvember!

The event was so popular that we decided to recreate it in 2014, only bigger and better. We created a CMPA awareness ribbon, in cow print, we sold almost 1000 during the course of October and November. We also created a ‘Twibbon’ campaign and Facebook and Twitter was flooded with cow print ribbons on our members’ profile pictures, and it really got people talking about CMPA.

Thanks to our members’ hard work we were able to raise almost £1500 in 2014; this year our aim is to raise £2500.

There are many ways you can support our MOOvember campaign, from holding a free from coffee morning to getting sponsored to go dairy free for a week (or even the whole month).

What CMPA Support so desperately need the extra support for….

CMPA Support are raising funds to improve our website, create a telephone support line and for a variety of community projects.

The first, and in our eyes, most important of these is our “allergen free playgroup scheme”

We want to provide a safe place for babies and toddlers to play and socialise, and where parents/carers can meet and socialise at the same time, with others who understand what they are going through. Our playgroups will include all children, no matter what their allergies, abilities or disabilities are.

Our groups will not only provide peer support, but also professional medical support, from BDA registered dietitians, fully trained community health visitors.

In order to create these groups, we need to raise lots of funds, to provide brand new, and therefore clean, toys. We need to pay for room hire, wages for the group leaders and medical staff.

We are beginning a pilot scheme in Darlington and believe a £1000 budget for start up costs is required, plus a running cost of around £120 per week!

We need your help to raise money to run these projects, so please do all you can to help!

Please contact Sarah our Fundraising Manager at cmpas.sarah@gmail.com for any further information.

www.facebook.com/CowsMilkProteinAllergySupport

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You can buy a cow print ribbon or wristband to wear from the CMPA Support eBay Shop or donate via their JustGiving page.

You can also get your own Moovember Twibbon to put on your social media profile pictures and help to raise awareness.

 

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