Hartford to ‘get wiggy with it’ for allergy awareness

Thursday 7th May 2015 | Events

Staff across all Hartford Homes sites and offices will don bright orange wigs to work on May 15 in support of a nationwide initiative to raise allergy awareness.

This year will see the fifth annual ‘Orange Wig Day’ hosted by UK-based charity the Anaphylaxis Campaign but it’ll be the first time it comes to the Isle of Man shores.

For Hartford Homes director James Greenhalgh whose son suffers with multiple severe food allergies, it’s a cause close to the heart. He said “I am taking part in this great initiative to have some giggles and also raise awareness of the anaphylaxis and allergies and the difficulties they can present in every part of day-to-day life

“Our staff will not only be wearing bright orange wigs in the office, but also across building sites around the island so it’ll be quite a site! We’re encouraging other businesses and organisations to do the same and help turn the Isle of Man orange on Friday May 15!”

Several other Manx businesses, schools and organisations have also signed up to take part including Quinn Legal, Chrystals Estate Agents, Home Strategic, Hopes & Dreams Nursery, Arbory Primary School, King William’s College, Ballakermeen High School and Junior Sports Academy.

James’ wife Suzanne helped set up Isle of Man Allergy and Anaphylaxis, a local network offering support to sufferers and their families through social media and meetings. She said “Our ultimate aim is to see lots of people sporting bright orange wigs across the Isle of Man during their daily activities, whether that is in work, at school, on lunch dates or on the school run.”

Suzanne explained that it is also a fundraising opportunity for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, the only UK-wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. She said “They do a crucial job pushing for awareness and improvements in the health service and food industry. But it’s not just about campaigning: they also provide a vital information and helpline service, as well as offering on-the-ground support through workshops for parents of allergic children.”

Carey Ledford, fundraising manager at the Anaphylaxis Campaign said “We want people to have a lot of fun, and at the same time raise awareness of severe allergies and increase the Campaign’s support.  You can contact us to find out more about Orange Wig Day, and our other fun fundraising projects.” Wigs and supporters’ packs can be ordered by emailing [email protected] or calling 01252 546100.

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